Indian father chops off alleged rapist's hands

Police say the 25-year-old Singh lured the teenager away from the court in Bathinda district


Afp April 20, 2016
PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: A father chopped off the hands of a teenager who allegedly raped his baby daughter before dumping him alive near a canal in northern India, police said Wednesday.

Parminder Singh approached the 17-year-old accused on Tuesday after he had appeared in a local court in Punjab state charged with raping the then seven-month-old girl in 2014.

Police said the 25-year-old Singh lured the teenager away from the court in Bathinda district by offering him an out-of-court settlement, before tieing him to a tree and cutting off both of his hands.

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"He (the father) took him near a dried up canal, beat him up badly and then tied him to a tree and finally hacked his hands off. There is nothing below the wrists now," Swapan Sharma, a senior police officer of Bathinda, told AFP by telephone.

"Locals alerted police and we rushed to the spot. We picked him up, his hands, and took him to the hospital," he said, adding that the accused was in a stable condition.

Sharma said police were hunting for the father, a brick kiln labourer who fled after the attack, and have registered a case of attempted murder against him.

The mother of the girl allegedly found the accused molesting her in April 2014. Police registered a rape case and the teen was sent to a juvenile remedial home pending a trial.

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India has a grim record of sexual assaults and there are occasional reports of vigilante justice meted out to rapists, in a country with a notoriously slow and sometimes corrupt legal justice system.

The fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 unleashed a wave of public outrage and street protests against violence against women in India.

That incident prompted the government to toughen penalities for rapists and overhaul policing to better protect women and children.

In November 2014, an Indian father tortured and killed his daughter's alleged rapist before turning himself in to police.

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COMMENTS (2)

Surdanoz | 5 years ago | Reply Rightly done. Bravo. This type of punishment will fever anyone contemplating rape.
Ishrat salim | 5 years ago | Reply This should be done by all those parents in such cases because we have a very weak judicial system. Unless it is reformed, god knows how many victims will be there, mostly un-reported. It will be reformed the day some daughters of judge, the elite class, politicians or religious leaders falls victims to this heinous crime.
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