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Woman in India hacks off brother-in-law’s penis after she claims he raped her

By WITW Staff on February 12, 2016

According to a report in the Times of India, a woman in Madhya Pradesh used a sickle to cut off her brother-in-law’s penis, and then delivered it to a local police station where she told authorities the man had repeatedly raped her. The 32-year-old had been living with her brother-in-law, she reportedly told police, because her husband worked in a city about 700 miles away. After she hacked off her brother-in-law’s penis — the only way she could stop the attack, she explained — her three children accompanied her to the police station where she gave officials the severed appendage and reported the alleged crime. She told police that her brother-in-law had been raping her for days, and that during the final attempt, she faked consent, which gave her the opportunity to cut off his genitals. Authorities sent medical help for the the man, but when they reached him they discovered he’d committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. The woman has been charged with attempted murder. It’s the latest in a string of brutal reports to emerge from India, depicting what has become a widespread rape problem in the country. The issue was thrust into the global spotlight after the 2012 gang-rape of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in India who was brutally attacked while on a bus, and later died from her injuries. A documentary, India’s Daughter, focusing on the tragic attack and its aftermath was subsequently banned by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leading to further controversy. Leslee Udwin, the filmmaker who directed India’s Daughter, has appeared on the stage at Women in the World events to discuss the problem.

Read the full story at The Times of India.


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