Kerala: Sexually harassed girl slashes "genitals" of Swami

Kerala: Girl chopped off genitals of inmate from Panmana Ashram in Kollam, who allegedly molested her for last 6 yrs; Man hospitalized. The police say that she has also given a statement alleging that the swami has been abusing her for several years, since she was in high school.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Arul B Krishna told The Times of India that the woman's father had been bed-ridden for years, and the accused man used to visit their house to meet the woman's mother.

Hari Swami of an ashram near Kollam was on Friday night brought to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital here around 12.40 a.m. with his genital severed nearly 90 per cent, a hospital statement said.

The police have registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Local media reports said the woman's mother has also been detained as she knew about the crime but failed to report it. He had been sexually exploiting her for five years since she was a Class 12th student. Hospital officials, however, said that 90% of his penis was cut off and was not in a position to be re-attached. However, the accused reportedly told the police that he himself had chopped off his organ. A team of experts conducted a plastic surgery on the godman, who is said to is be out of danger now.

Meanwhile, the Panmana Ashram, which was founded by social reformer Chattambi Swamikal, said in a statement, "The Swamy had left the ashram 15 years ago after completing his studies".

NDTV reported that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan praised the woman's courage for taking such a step.

Prameela Devi, a member of the Kerala State Women's Commission, said she was proud of the girl for doing this.

However, no case has been registered against the woman but she woman has been taken to a women's shelter run by the government.

  • Leroy Wright