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Gangeshananda Theerthapada: Indian Kerala woman chops off man’s genitals during rape attempt

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Pictured, Gangeshananda Theerthapada the 54 year old swami who had his penis cut off after allegedly trying to rape a 23 year old Indian woman.
Gangeshananda Theerthapada
Pictured, Gangeshananda Theerthapada the 54 year old swami who had his penis cut off after allegedly trying to rape a 23 year old Indian woman.

Gangeshananda Theerthapada: A swami has had his penis hacked off in India after trying to rape a 23 year old woman at the family home.

Gangeshananda Theerthapada a 54 year old Hindu holy man in India has had his genitals cut off after allegedly trying to rape a 23 year old woman.

The woman, a law student said the self proclaimed spiritual healer had been sexually assaulting her for years at her home in the Pettah neighborhood of Thiruvanthapuram, the capital city of Keralathe southern Indian state of Kerala.

The swami according to local media was reported to be in stable condition after reconstructive surgery following the impromptu castration.

Read a statement at a medical college where the man (also using the alias Hariswami) was treated: ‘It was difficult to stitch the cut off portion. The surgery was done to stop bleeding and to restore the urinary tract’.

A hospital spokesperson said Sreehari as he is also known was brought in at about 12.40 am on Saturday, with 90% of his penis severed.

According to the The Times of India the spokesperson said ‘there was no way it could be stitched back.’

The New Delhi Television news channel said the woman’s family hired Theerthapada to visit their home to cure her bed-ridden father.

But the man is alleged to have taken advantage of the family, having repeatedly raped the woman whenever he got an opportunity.

When he visited her home on Friday night and tried to force himself on her, she got hold of a knife and attacked him, cops told via 

G. Sparjan Kumar, a police officer in Thiruvananthapuram, the Kerala state capital, said the woman fled her home after the incident and called police.

Theerthapada has been charged with rape and offenses under a law against sexual abuse of children.

Pinarayi Vijayan, the state’s chief minister, applauded what he described as the woman’s bravery.

‘It’s a courageous and strong act by the woman,’ he said.

The woman told of the man raping her since she was a minor, having continued the abuse for about eight years. Why or how the abuse was able to persist for such a protracted period without any outside intervention wasn’t necessarily understood.

Offered a police official via the Deccan Herald: ‘He was associated with the family and used to conduct pujas for them at their home. He was so influential that the family took important decisions only after consulting him. The girl was scared to expose him since he was a god-man and she didn’t discuss the repeated incidents of rape even with her family’.

The Calcutta Telegraph cited authorities who are now probing the culpability of the woman’s mother who has since been taken into custody.

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Pictured, Gangeshananda Theerthapada: Indian woman chops off alleged rapist’s penis

Questioned about the allegations against him the swami is alleged to have refuted claims that the woman chopped his genitals off for repeatedly raping her. The swami told police that he cut off the organ himself as it was not useful to him.

Of note a report via the BBC told of Theerthapada having being a former inmate of the Panmana Ashram in Kollam district.

A representative of the Panmana Chattampi Swami Ashram whom the swami claimed to belong said the ashram did not have ties with the man since he left its premises about 15 years ago.

‘He had joined us as a vedic student. After leaving the ashram, he has come here once or twice,’ told a representative.

Management told of the man arriving at the ashram as a ‘brahmachari’ (celibate) 15 years ago, but not completing his course and leaving mid way.

The police commissioner said no action would be taken against the law student as she had acted in self-defense.

Ms Prameela Devi, member of the Kerala State Women’s Commission, would be provided all necessary legal help.

‘Such acts by anyone, especially when it comes under the guise of a religious tag, irrespective of the religion, is not acceptable,’ she said.

She expressed shock over the incident and said the woman was forced to take the extreme step after suffering years of ‘harassment, pain and humiliation.’

Violent crimes against women have been on the rise in India despite the implementation of new laws to stem the antipathy and systemic degradation and assault of women, who are often perceived as second class citizens.

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Pictured the southern Indian state of Kerala, where Gangeshananda Theerthapada had his penis hacked off.