Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

54-year-old man bobbitised by girl in Kerala

54-year-old man bobbitised by girl in Kerala

A 23-year-old law student in Kerala allegedly chopped off the penis of a self-styled godman, who had been allegedly raping her for many years.

Famous as Hari Swami, the accused is a member of the Panmana Ashram in Kollam.

The swami became close to the girl's family when her mother invited him to conduct pujas, hoping these would cure her paralysed husband. He would frequently visit her mother and conduct religious ceremonies at their house.

When the accused tried to again rape her at her home on Friday night, the woman grabbed a sharp object and chopped off his penis.

Pettai police told TNM that a case had been filed against the man under IPC section 376 (rape) and under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

She said, though she complained to her mother about the sexual harassment that began when she was 16, the mother did not do anything about it. A hospital release said on Saturday morning that he was admitted with 90% of his genitals cut off. The woman called the police immediately after the incident.

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Police said the woman will also be charged under relevant sections of self-defence.

Reacting to the incident Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said tt was a courageous step, no doubt about it.

While the Medical College said in a press statement that the accused was out of danger, the woman has been taken to a government shelter.

"The person in the news reports had lived in the Ashram eight years ago". However, no case has been registered against the woman.

Such an act by anyone especially when it comes under the guise of a religious tag, irrespective of the religion, is in no way acceptable, as such people should be role models to all, Devi said.

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