An Indian woman allegedly cut off the penis of a man who had been stalking her, before rushing him to hospital to save his life, police said.
The 47-year-old married woman and two men lured her neighbour to an isolated spot near some railway tracks in Mumbai, tied him to a tree before hacking off his genitals, police said today.
The 27-year-old neighbour had sought sexual favours from the woman and told her husband he was in love with her, which led to a fight between the couple.
The woman, who is a mother-of-two, then allegedly sought help from two young men in the neighbourhood.
They contacted the victim and lured him to an industrial zone in Dombivli, a suburb of Mumbai, on Tuesday, an officer added.
The woman then took the lead in cutting off the stalker’s genitals in the street before rushing him to hospital.
The woman and her alleged accomplices were arrested by Manpada police later on Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder.
Senior Inspector Gajanan Kabdule, said: ‘We have arrested the woman and two accomplices and she has accepted it was her plan to chop off the stalker’s penis because of his constant harassment.
‘We recovered the knife and genitals and all three accused are in police custody.’
Local media reported that the woman told police she did it to ‘teach a lesson’.
Police have not officially named the woman or the stalker but confirmed an investigation is underway.
The 47-year-old woman and two men lured her neighbour to an isolated spot in Mumbai before hacking off his genitals
A police source told the Times of India: ‘Pujare was in love with the married woman and had been pest her for sexual favours. He had been stalking her despite his advances being rejected.’
Media reports also said the injured man underwent life-saving surgery.
‘The man is stable now and recuperating in hospital but his family is in shock,’ Kabdule said.
In 2017, an Indian woman cut off a man’s penis after he tried to rape her at her house in the southern state of Kerala.
India has a grim record of sexual violence. On average, more than 100 rapes were reported each day in 2016, according to the most recent official figures.