Sorcerer hammers nail into pregnant woman’s head

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A sorcerer who hammers nail into the head of a pregnant woman in an effort to guarantee that she had a baby boy has been declared wanted by Pakistani officials.

The woman arrived at a hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar after trying to extract the nail herself with pliers. She was however fortunate that the nail did not penetrate her brain.

The woman had initially told hospital staff that she had hammered the nail into her head herself on the faith healer’s advice – but later said he had performed the act.

The doctor who removed the object said the pregnant woman was fully conscious, but was in immense pain.

Faith healers, whose questionable practices are rooted in mystic Sufi lore, are common across Pakistan, despite the disapproval of many, including some schools of Islam.

In South Asia, a son is widely believed to offer better financial security to parents than daughters.

The mum-of-three daughters said she was pregnant with another girl, the doctor added.

The doctor said a hammer or another heavy object had been used to knock it in.

Peshawar police are trying to track down the victim in an attempt to find the healer.

The city police chief, Abbas Ahsan said: ‘We have collected the CCTV footage from the hospital and hope to reach the woman soon.

“We will soon lay our hands on the sorcerer,” he said.

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