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Plant Linked to Date Rape Drug

  A common plant used by Hindus for prayers is now linked to a date-rape drug, Police confirm. Datura is commonly used by Hindus during the worship of Lord Shiva
03 May 2016 10:07
Plant Linked to Date Rape Drug

 

A common plant used by Hindus for prayers is now linked to a date-rape drug, Police confirm.

Datura is commonly used by Hindus during the worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. The fruit and its flowers have long been known to have intoxicating effects.

Now, Police have confirmed that the seeds of the plant are being crushed and mixed with kava (yaqona) which is then given to unsuspecting women.

Police drug unit officer in charge Inspector Anare Masitabua confirmed that Datura was now “widely used in villages” to intoxicate women who were than sexually assaulted.

Datura has been around for ages. Once before in 1998 and 1999 it was being used in Navosa, but now we have started receiving information that it’s being widely used in villages by people who add it to yaqona to intoxicate women.

“From the reports that we have been receiving, a lot of people have been victims of this. However, not many have been coming forward mainly because the effects of consuming Datura lasts for days and the drinker’s recollection gets hazy.

“Those who drink can also pass out and leave them susceptible to sexual assault.”

Police have called on people especially women to be vigilant when out drinking with people they are not familiar with.

Datura seeds when crushed have a strong mint smell, however, if dried and mixed well with grog, the smell is easily masked.

The Office of Director of Public Prosecutions has also revealed that a date rape drug was used in one of the serious sexual offences from last month.

 

About datura

Datura plant has been sacred to Hindus for centuries. However, in India it has long been used as an intoxicating agent.

Inspector Masitabua explained that unmonitored consumption of this could also be fatal.

A number of villages are already on Police radar and investigations are rapidly progressing and arrests are expected to be made soon.

Datura poisoning is not uncommon overseas. In India, Datura poison has been commonly used for suicide and murder.

New spill: Inspector Masitabua explained that unmonitored consumption of this could also be fatal.

A number of villages are already on police radar and investigations are rapidly progressing and arrests are expected to be made soon.

Dangers are rapidly progressing and arrests are expected to be made soon.

Datura poisoning is not uncommon overseas. In India, Datura poison has been commonly used for suicide and murder.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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