‘Paranormal’ activity: Women fall unconscious following ‘exorcism’ at Landhi factory

Published: October 29, 2013

Rescue and paramedical workers shift an unconcious woman from an ambulance on to a stretcher at the JPMC hospice in Karachi. PHOTO: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

Nearly 25 female workers of a Landhi garments factory fell unconscious in the aftermath of an exorcism to get rid of ‘evil spirits’ in the workplace on Monday.

“The factory seemed to be overtaken by a genie or evil spirit as many of my co-workers have experienced mysterious incidents in the past,” claimed Farzana Naseem, who arrived with an unconscious colleague in an ambulance. “A spiritualist was called to this morning by the factory owners to get rid of the suspected ‘jinns’ but as soon as he began reciting different verses, the workers began falling unconscious while others ran out shouting and screaming for help.”

The rescue teams were called in to the factory, Casual Sports Wear, which is located in Landhi Export Processing Zone, to take the unconscious employees to Jinnah hospital. The rescue workers insisted, however, that there was a mysterious gas leak which caused the workers to faint.

On the other hand, the doctors and psychiatrists, who treated the patients, denied that there was any gas leakage. Some of the workers developed a temporary neurological condition, most likely out of fear from the exorcism, leading to a mass hysteria.

“I do not believe the workers were possessed,” said Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre deputy executive director Dr Seemin Jamali. “But this hysteric influence might have played out as a ripple effect.”

There was chaos in the casualties ward as patients and their attendants hysterically insisted they were possessed. But the doctors and paramedics carried out medical examinations and found out that all the vitals of the admitted workers were sound, including a normal oxygen saturation level.

Dr Jamali blamed the rescue workers for the commotion and rumour-mongering. “These workers, mostly uneducated and uninformed about medical conditions, caused a ruckus at the hospital based on their assessment of a poisonous gas,” she said, adding that the news channels jus followed the news blindly.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 29th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Khalai Lota
    Oct 29, 2013 - 6:48AM

    I blame the morning shows and their live fake exorcisms for this.Recommend

  • azim
    Oct 29, 2013 - 12:00PM

    We believe anything ?

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  • Dajjal
    Oct 29, 2013 - 12:02PM

    “The factory seemed to be overtaken by a genie or evil spirit as many of my co-workers have experienced mysterious incidents in the past,”

    First of all, i personally know that Genie and he isn’t an evil spirit, in fact he is quite the character… second, everyone knows you shouldn’t walk into a washroom when a genie is pooping as it gets nervous and passes gases which are harmful to humans, so that’s not its fault either…. people should just chill out and trust the scientists who have repeatedly communicated with these genies and determined that not only do they actually exist, but like unicorns they are extremely friendly and harmless.

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  • Rumormonger
    Oct 29, 2013 - 3:09PM

    @Dajjal:
    Thanks Daj… your words are very comforting. What you can see with one eye, most cannot with a pair of them.

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  • abk
    Oct 29, 2013 - 4:55PM

    page include things about genie n paranormal activity but still award for weirdest thing goes to the person with name ‘Khalai Lota’,

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  • Oct 29, 2013 - 5:01PM

    It was just Amir Liaqat.

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  • Stranger
    Oct 29, 2013 - 7:38PM

    some one has played a sick joke.

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  • TUNG
    Oct 29, 2013 - 8:06PM

    why am i finding this funny!many women in our country suffer due to lack of education about such matter and end up getting raped

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  • Asad
    Oct 29, 2013 - 9:03PM

    @TUNG:
    Exactly, in such situations the ladies seek help from the sain baba’s and you know the rest!

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  • Imran Ahmed
    Oct 29, 2013 - 9:25PM

    @abk:
    I like the image of a lota in space spouting platitudes. :-)

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  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    Oct 30, 2013 - 12:00AM

    Wasn’t there a paper published in Zia’s times which saw ‘djinns’ as a potential power source?Maybe you could talk to those djinns and see if they can help you generate power, and solve your country’s power problem. You wouldn’t need the pipeline from Iran!

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