Indian woman cuts off religious guru's penis over rape attempt

By AFP
Published: May 20, 2017
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A law student was attacked by the 54-year-old man who had claimed to her family to be a religious guru. PHOTO COURTESY: THE INDIAN EXPRESS

A law student was attacked by the 54-year-old man who had claimed to her family to be a religious guru. PHOTO COURTESY: THE INDIAN EXPRESS

NEW DELHI: An Indian woman cut off a man’s penis after he allegedly tried to rape her at her house in the southern state of Kerala, police said on Saturday.

The 23-year-old law student was at her residence in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram late Friday when she says she was attacked by the 54-year-old man, who had claimed to her family to be a religious guru.

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“She used a knife in her defence and cut off his penis,” district police chief G Sparjan Kumar said.

“The man, Hari Swami, was rushed to the nearby government hospital in a serious state,” he added.

The local media reported that Swami was in a stable condition after undergoing emergency medical procedures at the local hospital.

The woman claimed the man had been assaulting her for several years, according to Kumar, who said police had registered a case against Swami for sexual offences against a minor and rape.

Police said the girl’s parents, who live at the same house, were unaware of the assaults by Swami.

“The woman told us that her parents blindly trusted this Swami, and he used to get frequent invites to perform special ceremonies and stay over at their house, where he assaulted her,” Kumar said.

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She is now under police protection and receiving trauma counselling.

There have been other recent incidents of sexual assault involving religious men in the southern Indian state.

Two nuns and a priest, accused of covering up the birth of a baby born to a teenage girl who was allegedly raped by another priest, were arrested in Kerala last month.

Last year, a priest was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Kerala court for raping a 12-year-old girl in 2014.

Hari Swami, aka Gangeshananda Theerthapada, claims to be a spiritual healer and is a former inmate of the Panmana Ashram in Kollam district.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Mir Masjidi
    May 20, 2017 - 5:34PM

    Ouch ! Ouch ! Ouch ! Good girl, another rapist goes wee wee wee all the way home.Recommend

  • Freedom
    May 20, 2017 - 7:53PM

    Justice served! Recommend

  • Deepak Arora
    May 20, 2017 - 9:14PM

    It looks like we need more women like her to fight of this national disease. Recommend

  • Saad
    May 21, 2017 - 3:05AM

    Coooool…. the buddy should understand that tool if used wrong has consequences Recommend

  • Amer
    May 21, 2017 - 3:06AM

    Rape capital of the world…..Recommend

  • Raisani
    May 21, 2017 - 1:24PM

    If that action remains in practice then hardly any man will be left in India. Recommend

  • Sakhi Rahmat
    May 21, 2017 - 7:24PM

    Good girl..Recommend

  • Khurseed
    May 21, 2017 - 8:14PM

    Every rapist deserves this treatment.Recommend

  • Gull Hassan Khan
    May 22, 2017 - 6:59PM

    Broavo, its a good example for other girls to save herself. Recommend

  • vaidyanathan
    May 23, 2017 - 7:37AM

    Raisani – If girls in pakistan also bold enough, religious clerics will disappear.Recommend

  • Shakeel Mahota
    May 23, 2017 - 2:53PM

    The official penalty for attempt of rap should be chopping of…..This would serve as strong deterrence.. Recommend

  • Hasan
    May 23, 2017 - 4:33PM

    @Amer & Raisani,

    Rape is very much a Pakistani curse too, as it is an Indian problem. So no need for taking pleasure nin name calling or finger pointing.

    Men in both countries need to adjust their behavior in a major way and learn to take NO for an answer. Recommend

  • zahid ali
    May 23, 2017 - 10:18PM

    Bravo… She should awarded with Bharat Ratna… to encourage othersRecommend

  • Shah
    May 24, 2017 - 12:31AM

    Most of the rapists are bearded crooks, whether Hindus or Muslims; Recommend

  • zafar jan
    May 24, 2017 - 12:35AM

    good girl and bravely workRecommend

  • Nasir Soomro
    May 24, 2017 - 1:54AM

    Poor guru found the eternal peace.Nailed.Recommend

  • Raja Mehtab
    May 24, 2017 - 10:45AM

    This is what the real face of India. Better to indian girls to keep knife every time to save herself :-)Recommend

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