'Virginity healer' seized in Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities have arrested an Arab woman who had claimed she can restore lost virginity for girls by simply inhaling burning incense, the Saudi Arabic language daily Okaz reported on Saturday.

The unidentified woman had lured many girls into her house in Makkah and made them inhale burning acacia wood, the paper said.

The woman had charged SR200 for each treatment session and required victims to undergo many sessions for a full cure, the paper said.

A female relative was acting as the woman’s secretary by giving appointments by mobile phone to patients seeking to recover their lost virginity, it said.

“We have arrested this woman because her activities are mere deception and have no medical basis,” said Abdul Rahman Al Ruwais, head of the Arab Medicine Section at Health Department in Makkah. “We have handed her over to the concerned authorities to take the necessary measures against her.”

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