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Woman had nail hammered into head to ‘guarantee’ son

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (AFP) – A pregnant Pakistani woman had a nail hammered into her head by a faith healer who said it would guarantee she gave birth to a boy, a doctor said yesterday.

Exploitative faith healers, whose practices are rooted in mystic lore, are common across Pakistan.

In South Asia, a son is often believed to offer better financial security to parents than daughters.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin