Amutha had gone to Novena Church to pray with her son, daughter and sworn brother. She allegedly fainted while praying.
Defence lawyers said Amutha “slithered like a snake, rattled on the grilles, and marched like a soldier on command of her sworn brother” – a sight that frightened many who were in the church at that time.
Among the issues of contention is whether her family members were the ones who said she was possessed and needed a rite of exorcism.
Amutha and her family are claiming that they did not give consent to the “exorcism” and that the priests had conducted the rite against her will.
The plaintiff also claimed she was physically abused and was traumatised after the two-and-half-hour session.
The church, on the other hand, said what it did was just a prayer, not a rite of exorcism. They had stepped in to restrain the woman as she had apparently turned violent and started strangling herself.