The 23-year-old law student was at her residence in the
state capital Thiruvananthapuram late Friday when she says she was
attacked by the 54-year-old man, who had claimed to her family to be a
“She used a knife in her defense and cut off his penis,” district police chief G Sparjan Kumar told AFP by phone.
“The man, Hari Swami, was rushed to the nearby government hospital in a serious state,” he added.
local media reported that Swami was in a stable condition after
undergoing emergency medical procedures at the local hospital.
woman claimed the man had been assaulting her for several years,
according to Kumar, who said police had registered a case against Swami
for sexual offences against a minor and rape.
Police said the girl’s parents, who live at the same house, were unaware of the assaults by Swami.
woman told us that her parents blindly trusted this Swami, and he used
to get frequent invites to perform special ceremonies and stay over at
their house, where he assaulted her,” Kumar told AFP.
She is now under police protection and receiving trauma counselling.
There have been other recent incidents of sexual assault involving religious men in the southern Indian state.
nuns and a priest, accused of covering up the birth of a baby born to a
teenage girl who was allegedly raped by another priest, were arrested
in Kerala last month.
Last year, a priest was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Kerala court for raping a 12-year-old girl in 2014.