- Islington Council considered agreeing to parents’ request for boy to undergo ‘disturbing and violent’ ritual
- Expert claims British officials investigated possibility because they were worried about their ‘sensibilities might be affected’
- African exorcisms often involve starvation and violence towards children
PUBLISHED: 21:21 EST, 24 June 2012 | UPDATED: 02:19 EST, 25 June 2012Social workers have been accused of ‘misguided political correctness’ after they considered sending a boy in their care to the Congo for a ‘deeply traumatising’ exorcism.
Bosses at Islington Council in north London considered sending the African boy to the Democratic Republic of Congo because his mother claimed he was possessed by evil spirits and needed ‘deliverance’.
An expert has claimed that Islington council officials were ‘mindful to agree to the request’ for exorcism, which it is claimed involved starving children and sometimes beating them.
The boy’s family, who were from Africa, had claimed an exorcism was necessary because he was possessed by ‘kindoki’ or evil spirits.
The child’s mother no longer has responsibility for him, and he had been taken into care by Islington Council.
The local authority paid an expert over £4,000 to travel to Africa to investigate the possibility of an exorcism as they were worried the family’s ‘sensibilities might be affected’.
Dr Richard Hoskins, an expert in African religion, completed the trip and advised the council the boy should not be exorcised as the rituals can be ‘violent…deeply disturbing and traumatising’.
Dr Hoskins has since told how the case – which Islington Council later dropped on his advice – highlights how British officials do not tackle abuse when it is ‘masked behind multiculturalism’.