Nine years after five teenagers of the Cedros community
committed suicide within a week, panic has once again gripped
the area, since a young mother died after setting herself
While the incident may have been passed off as another
suicide, villagers believe that demons drove Dohmattie Seebran,
27, to her death.
As a result, scores of terrified villagers held an inter-faith
service at Granville Community Centre on Friday night, in
a bid to shield their community from evil.
Worshippers chanted Hindu mantras, bhajans, gospel hymns,
Muslim Qaseedas and Christian incantations, as they participated
in a candlelight procession through the streets from six
Pundit Prabhoodeo Maharaj, a police corporal assigned
to the Cap-de-ville police post, led the service, along
with Presbyterian Minister Ivan Paul, Roman Catholic priest
Fr Wilfred John and Pundits Suren Maharaj and Mannie Maharaj.
Prabhoodeo said they were determined not to have a repeat
of 1998, when Vanessa 14, Balraj Baboolal, 18, Aamir Jeetan,
16, Sunil Ramdeen, 16, and Michelle Samsoondar, 18, took
their lives within a week.
He said several young women had been acting odd during
the past month, after experiencing strange sensations. He
said one girl was found wandering in the bushes and when
they found her she was almost delirious.
She said later someone was calling her into the forests.
Another woman said she was at the back of her house
when she felt something holding onto her. She couldnt
move, Prabhoodeo said.
He said several others had come to him reporting that
they heard strange voices in their heads compelling them
to kill their children and end their lives.
The brother of one of the affected women said they were
all terrified, because of the recent developments. He said
young women were afraid to walk the streets after dark.
Men were afraid to go to their gardens, while children
were afraid to go outside to play.
Resident Ramdeo Maharaj said many people reported seeing
a white goat, wearing a gold chain. I havent
seen it, but many people did. Everybody is scared.
Pundit Prabhoodeo said the goat might have been used in
a sacrifice which went awry.
People have their cults and they have unleashed
a spirit in the village by doing this sacrifice.
The pundit said searches were made in the village for
the goat but all in vain.
Voices in her head
Meanwhile, villagers are still baffled by the suicide
of Dohmattie Seebran. Days before she set herself on fire,
Seebran told her husband Mukesh that she was hearing voices
in her head.
Speaking at his Boodram Trace, Granville, home, Mukesh
said Seebran never showed any suicidal tendencies.
He said they had a happy life and loved their three-year-old
daughter Celine very much. He said two weeks before her
death, Seebran began complaining of headaches.
I told my wife to take a rest, because I felt she
was just tired. I never expected her to do something like
He said the voices were telling Seebran to kill her three-year-old
daughter Celine and then kill herself.
While Seebran was at home alone on August 27, she doused
herself with a bucket of kerosene, lit a match and ignited
She languished for three days in San Fernando General
Hospital before dying on August 30.
Seebrans sister-in-law Vera said on the morning
of the incident, Seebran admitted that she was not feeling
She tell me that something was in her head and wanted
her to do bad things. I tell her that it was probably a
demon, and she should pray to get rid of it.
I left the house to go to San Fernando, and the
next thing I heard was she set herself on fire, Vera
Since the death, Celine has become even more attached
to her father. She doesnt like him to go anywhere.
She cries all the time.
She said two other women had experienced similar feelings.