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20 May 2017, 02:57 | Erica Roy
Kerala: Woman chops off genitals of self-styled godman who allegedly tried to rape her
Girl chopped off genitals of the inmate from Panmana Ashram in Kollam, who allegedly molested her for last 6 yrs; Man was hospitalised. The assaults go back as much as six years ago, when she was a high-school student of 17 and not even an adult, she has said.
According to the girl, the Swami was a frequent visitor to her home and used to conduct religious ceremonies.
On Friday night, Hariswamy reportedly tried to molest the woman again, she cut of his genitals with the knife.
The godman, identified as Gangesananda was rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram by the woman's relatives.
A case has been filed registered against the swami under IPC section 376 (rape) and under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
Local media reports said the woman's mother has also been detained as she knew about the crime but failed to report it.
In a statement given by the woman to the police, she said, the accused had been harassing her over for the past 6 years.
The press statement further was quoted as stating, "A 54-year-old man from Kollam was admitted at 12.39 am to the hospital on Saturday". She immediately called the police. after the incident.
Meanwhile, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan praised the girl, saying it was a courageous step. He has reportedly told the police that he had chopped off his penis himself. In the police complaint, the law student has said that her mother was also sexually abused by the accused. A team of medical professionals conducted a plastic surgery and he is now reported to be out of danger.
"Such an act by anyone, especially when it comes under the guise of a religious tag, is in no way acceptable", she said.
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