Latur (Maharashtra), June 13 (IANS) In a shocking case, a 17-year old girl was forced to eat buffalo dung allegedly to exorcise evil spirits who had possessed her, police sources said here on Tuesday. Also Read - Making India Proud! This Maharashtra Teacher Has Won a Whopping Rs 7 Crore Prize For Promoting Girls' Education | WATCH

The incident occurred in Dhangarwadi village, near Chakur in the district last week and came to light after a villager lodged a complaint with the local police. Also Read - Maharashtra MLC Election Results 2020: BJP Suffers Setback, Wins Only 1/6 Seats; Ruling MVA Coalition Wins 4

According to the sources, the girl and two other women relatives were accused of being haunted by evil spirits as they regularly quarreled with the menfolk in the household. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Seems To Lack Consistency, Says NCP Chief Sharad Pawar

Their relatives forcibly took them to a local tantric (godman) who assured he could exorcise the evil spirits from the women.

When the girl protested, the tantric became furious and ordered her to be tied down.

As her relatives pinned and tied her down, the tantric allegedly forced globs of buffalo-dung into her mouth which she choked and swallowed.

Soon after the complaint, the Chakur police launched investigations and have arrested five of her relatives.

A secret video recording of the incident has gone viral on social media and several civil society members, including Hamid Dabholkar, son of slain rationalist Narendra Dabholkar have strongly condemned it.

Despite repeated attempted, Latur Superintendent of Police Shivajirao Rathod was not available for comments in the matter.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.