Raped for 8 Years, Kerala Law Student Chops Off Sanyasi’s Penis; CM Backs Her

A law student in Kerala was forced to take the law into her own hands on Friday night to end an eight-year-old cycle of rape and abuse. The 23-year-old woman chopped off the penis of a 54-year-old self-styled godman who had allegedly been raping her since she was in Class 12.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hailed the woman’s “brave step”. “It’s a good thing the girl did,” he said at a press conference.

According to a police complaint filed by the woman, the accused, identified as Swamy Gangeshananda, a member of the Kollam-based Panmana Ashram, had been raping her at her home for the last eight years. The woman said he first raped her when she was 16 years old.

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. She reportedly called the police herself.

The woman said she did not approach police because she thought Gangeshananda would get bail and attack other women. She wanted to make sure he could not target anyone in future.

The accused was rushed to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College where an emergency surgery was performed. Hospital officials, however, said that 90% of his penis was cut off and was not in a position to be re-attached.

“A 54-year-old man from Kollam was admitted at 12.39 am to the hospital on Saturday. His penis had been cut (90%) and there was no way it could be stitched back. Plastic surgeons who are urology experts in the hospital did emergency surgery to stop the blood loss and to enable him to pass urine,” a statement by the hospital said.

He has been booked under Section 376 (Rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO). He has reportedly told the police that he had chopped off his penis himself. In her statement, the rape survivor said her mother knew about the crime. Media reports said the mother has also been detained as she failed to report the case. In the police complaint, the law student has said that her mother was also sexually abused by the accused. Her father suffered a paralysis attack a few years ago. They were followers of the ashram, local media reported.

Sources said the mother told investigators that the accused is a good person and could not have committed such a crime. Gangeshananda would stay at their house whenever he visited Trivandrum. They had a separate room for him.

A senior police official told PTI that no case had been registered against the woman.

Article Originally Published at News 18

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