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2019-09-25 | 公共電視

Taichung Police Arrest Leader of Violent Cult|台中警破獲暴力宗教集團 藏身南投深山

Taichung prosecutors and police investigating the case of a Taiwanese woman who was beaten to death in China have traced the murder to a violent religious group located deep in the mountains of Nantou's Guoxing Township. This religious group lives together and is led by a woman surnamed Lin, who calls herself the "Holy Mother." The group uses collective violence to train its members, who range in age from two to 80. However, the members are very loyal and none of the victims are willing to come forward and testify.

This building deep in the mountains of Nantou's Guoxing Township is home to a religious cult. Members refused to open the door when the police arrived and the police had to force their way in.

The cult's "Holy Mother" is a 47-year-old woman surnamed Lin. The members of the cult believe there are evil forces inside them that can only be expelled through corporal punishment. Anyone who tries to leave the cult or violates its rules is punished with collective violence.

(They punish members) by tying them up with an entire bolt (of cloth).

Police removed 19 people from the premises, including several members of Lin's inner circle. Despite the injuries on their bodies, none were willing to speak against Lin. Police began investigating the cult after a 20-something female cult worker was beaten to death in China. The woman had traveled to China with Lin to recruit new members.

(Punishment involves) a severe collective beating by other members. Apart from the member that died, we found their victims include both men and women and range in age from two to 80.

The cult was registered with the Ministry of the Interior as a religious organization around 2008. It has three properties in Taiwan and two in China. Authorities believe the cult may have as many as 100 members in Taiwan and it targets people who believe in exorcism. Police have detained Lin.

(The beatings) are conducted in the name of (exorcism). However, no religious group should use violence against members, or anyone else.

Police say violence is against the law and Lin will be charged with organized crime and intentional infliction of bodily injury resulting in death. They are calling on victims to come forward and testify against Lin.

這個南投國姓深山裡的道場非常隱密,平常信徒都集體住宿,警方上門時還不願開門,必須破門而入。

47年次的林姓女子,就是信徒口中的"聖母",大家深信自己身體裡有"不好的東西",必需靠著肉體上的折磨,才能趕走。所以只要違反生活公約,或是想回家,往往成為集體施暴的對象。

「(處罰工具)它就是一整根(用布),把它纏起來。」

檢警從這個道場帶回19人,發現他們即使身上傷痕累累,還是對林姓道場負責人深信不疑,除了信徒,還有幾位稱為"三才"的幹部。這個宗教團體的暴力行為會被發現,主要是一位二十多歲的女性幹部,跟隨林姓負責人到中國廣西南嶺推廣道場,遭暴力毆打致死才曝了光。

刑事局偵六大五隊隊長 賴英門表示:「遭所有的成員集體毆打,而且傷勢都非常嚴重,目前除了已經死亡的被害人之外,這個我們發現被害人的年齡層,從最小的兩歲,最大的到八十歲,男、女都有。」

檢警調查發現,這個以"中華白陽四貴靈寶聖道會"向內政部登記的宗教組織,大約在民國97年間成立,在台灣有三處道場,大陸目前有兩處,台灣成員真正人數恐怕破百。以類似驅魔為號召,吸引信徒以家庭型式入會。警方破獲後主嫌被收押。

刑事局偵六大五隊隊長 賴英門表示:「這個驅魔的一個理由(毆打),但是任何宗教團體,都不應該以暴力方式來對待成員,或對待一般民眾。」

警方指出,暴力行為已經涉及違法,依違反組織犯罪條例、傷害致死的罪移送,也呼籲受害者勇敢出面指認。

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