Woman attacks rapist’s genitals

Knives and bats for sexual assaulters


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May 24, 2017

/ By / Kolkata

Women in India are encouraged to take law into their own hands

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Hindu holy-man who is a serial sexual assaulter has his genitals slashed by woman in India.

A self-styled Hindu godman in the southern Indian state of Kerala found his private parts attacked with a knife after woman who he had sexually abused for years decided to hit back at him. Reports suggest that the man tried raping the woman, which led her to this act as a form of self-defence. In another report from a few weeks ago, close to 700 brides were armed with bats by a minister in the country, who gave this ‘gift’ as a precautionary measure in the event of alcohol-induced sexual abuse by their future husbands.

In a country where a woman is raped every 15 minutes, the state has failed to provide protection to its women and perhaps that is why such a measure was met with rather welcome responses. Reports have surfaced about police planning to drop charges as well as local leaders coming out and lauding the girl.

According to the local media, the woman stated that the priest frequently visited her house for years. His purpose of visit was to perform prayers and such rituals yet as the victim states, the holy-man used these visits as an opportunity to sexually assault her even when she was a minor. This is not the first instance of self-styled godmen being accused of sexually violating and assaulting minors yet the step taken by the woman in retaliation attracted attention across the country.

It is now being reported that the police have decided not to register any charges against the woman and the man will be tried in court for his alleged offences. The Chief Minister of Kerala, where the incident occurred, Pinarayi Vijayan was quoted by a national media saying, “It was a courageous step, no doubt about it.”

Violence to the rescue!

In an unrelated event that occurred towards the end of April, Gopal Bhargava, a minister in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India, gifted around 700 bats at a mass marriage ceremony. These bats, presented to the brides, were given as a measure of caution. The women were told that they are to use these bats to discourage alcoholism by their husbands as well as abusive behaviour.

Since educational and social reforms are rather unimaginable for India, victims of sexual violence are now being told by the government and other bodies that they are no longer safe unless they manage their own safety. As the government is failing at the fundamental task of providing security and protecting the basic rights of its citizens over their bodies, particularly women, citizens are gearing up to defend themselves.

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