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.
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