A 40-year-old Indian man who was arrested for trying to rape a teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after locals chopped off his genitals with a meat cleaver.
Mr. Suresh Kumar was arrested and set upon in Ganganagar, in India’s northwestern Rajasthan state, after locals heard the girl’s screams for help.
Kumar was found guilty of pinning the girl against a wall and trying to rape her. He was then dragged to a butcher’s shop by a lynch mob where he was stripped, beaten with sticks for almost an hour before he was castrated.
An eyewitness, said no one ‘went to help’ Kumar because they knew he had been punished for a ‘sex crime’.
‘We have had a lot of intolerable offences against women in this country recently, with girls being raped, hung, and molested, and it’s time it stopped.
‘This sends out a very strong message to anyone like that – if you do it you will be punished.’
But the police have called for those responsible to come forward, saying people can’t take the law into their ‘own hands’.
The spokesman said: ‘As deplorable as these crimes are, law and order has to be maintained, and not lynch justice.
‘We ask those men who carried out this attack to hand themselves in before we find them.’
Kumar was eventually taken to hospital where doctors described his condition as critical, while the girl involved was treated for shock, and given counselling.
The castration follows a string of violent sex crimes in India that have prompted vigilante justice.