Three members of the “Ithaca” cult were charged with the severe abuse of their children, according to an indictment submitted to the Peta Tikvah District court on Sunday.
According to the indictment, sect leader, Shay Abramov instructed members to physically abuse their children, in what he called a “treatment” against accidents and illnesses, so to save their lives and prevent their souls from going to hell.
Sect leader Abramov took his own life while in custody in the Hadarim detention center, just four days after being arrested for the alleged abuse. He had been arrested in a Haifa hideaway, where he had stayed prior to his arrest along with his wife and for children.
Abramov’s wife, as well as two other parents, were charged with striking their underage children with a carpet beater, as well as with a rolled-up newspaper that was fastened with duct tape. The children were also reportedly encouraged to engage in the abuse themselves.
The marks of violence, called “battle scars,” were allegedly supposed to protect the soul from distress.
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