20/02/2015 8:54 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Evolution Or Myth: 12-Year-Old Can ‘Set Anything On Fire' Say Villagers

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A man's hand holding a large yellow flame with a black background.

Chilling tales of local hauntings, robberies, and killings are not what scare these villagers in Jhansi. It is a 12-year-old girl.

According to a report, this child — amazingly — can allegedly burn everything she puts her hands on! While some residents of Goramachiya village (where the girl lives) see this as a blessing, others are calling it a dark occurrence that an evil force is responsible for.

Adopted by the former village headman after losing her parents, the girl has been causing sparks of terror in the village with her so-called ‘powers’. Her guardian claims that he first noticed her ‘powering up’ fans and bulbs of her own accord and found it strange. Later, he says, she would simply touch objects and set them on fire.

The clincher was when one day she allegedly set fire to her own clothes without the employing any external source. The clothes were completely burned, yet the child suffered no injuries or burns.

Endearingly the villagers are not just scared of her, they’re also terrified for her safety, and have been praying at the local temple to cure her of her strange affliction.