Banshee May Have Been Photographed in Pakistan

When was the last you saw or heard anyone talk about a Banshee? Not the fighter jet or the superhero or the band but the “fairy woman.” Unless you’re Irish or Scottish, the answer is probably never. How about a Churel or a Chudail? Unless you’re from South Asia, you’re probably unfamiliar with these names for “the ghost of an unpurified mother” or a female tree-sprite. Both of these mythical spirits popped in a recent news story where a photograph of a banshee/churel/witch/something sitting on a high wall in Pakistan, or possibly India, depending on which story you read, went viral. Is the banshee messing with the media?

According to, the story begins with Faakhir Mehmood, a Pakistani singer and composer who posted the photograph on his Facebook page and asked:

Can someone verify? The supposed picture of CHURAIL captured by many people in the middle of the night in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad is a city in the Pakistani province of Sindh, but it’s also the name of a city in the Indian state of Telangana, which may be why there were conflicting reports on where the photograph of the alleged churail – another variation of churel – was taken. There were plenty of comments on Mehmood’s post, as well as on the various news stories, debating the authenticity of the photograph, especially from people in Pakistan and India……