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Possession, Jinn and Britain's Backstreet Exorcists

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First broadcast:
Saturday 29 December 2012

Jinn are spirits that some Muslims believe can enter the body before taking it over. New research in the United Kingdom has highlighted how people from South Asian communities in the UK are blaming the supernatural - concepts like Jinn - for mental health problems. Catrin Nye explores why exorcists are treating mental illnesses with spiritual cures and some British Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus turn to healers rather than doctors or psychiatrists. There is real concern that people aren’t getting proper treatment for their illnesses because of pressure to take the spiritual route and that the healers are operating without any regulation. She is also allowed to attend a number of exorcisms.



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