The only reason this was a crime was a because it wasn’t the mental institution staff who was doing the beatings:
A young Palestinian man died on Tuesday after being badly beaten in an "exorcism", medical and police sources in the West Bank town of Hebron said.
The family of the 19-year-old with psychological problems had called in two "healers", a man and a woman, who beat the young man to drive out evil "spirits", Palestinian police sources said.
He was critically injured and taken to hospital in Hebron where he died, police and medics said.
The pair who administered the beating were arrested, as were the victim's father and brother.
In America, we used to cut out your brain and/or run electricity through your brain. But since that was State-sanctioned violence against people who have no observable physical issues, it was okay.