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PAKISTAN-EXORCISM/
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December 20, 2011
Muhammad Rehan sits chained by his ankle to a wall in compounds of the Abdullah Shah Ashabi Sufi shrine...
Thatta, Pakistan
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Muhammad Rehan sits chained by his ankle to a wall in compounds of the Abdullah Shah Ashabi Sufi shrine in Thatta district, in Pakistan's Sindh province, November 24, 2011. Rehan, 18, suffers from violent fits and was brought to the compound so that he can be close to the spirit of the saint, according to his mother Jamila Bibi. He is kept chained to prevent him from hitting other people. Many Pakistanis think their sufferings are inflicted by evil spirits intent on destroying marriage prospects, businesses and health, and that only Sufi saints can help. It is a risky belief in Pakistan as militants, including the al Qaeda-linked Taliban, have over the years bombed Sufi shrines which they consider heretical. But fears of possession, and life's many challenges, keep driving people back to the shrines. Picture taken November 24, 2011. To match feature PAKISTAN-EXORCISM/ REUTERS/Rebecca Conway (PAKISTAN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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