While a number of people across the country including Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan hailed the law student’s act of cutting off the genitals of the “rapist” godman, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor objected to the act and said that she should have approached the police and not taken the law in her own hands.
“There is something gratifying about such swift justice but she would have been better off bringing the matter to the police rather than taking the law into her own hands. I sympathize with her, as most people would, but we need a society where justice prevails, not one where every individual seeks it with a knife in her hand,” Shashi Tharoor said in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile, the accused who has been identified as Swamy Gangeshananda has reportedly claimed that he had chopped his penis on his own since he did not “need” it any longer. However, he later told the officials that the girl had cut his penis with a knife after he allegedly asked her to press his legs.
Shashi Tharoor’s response comes a day after it was reported that the 23-year-old woman from Kerala had chopped off the swami’s penis after he allegedly sexually assaulted her for over eight years. “It was a courageous and a brave step, no doubt about it,” Pinarayi told the media adding that the state government would provide all the necessary support to the woman. As per reports, the self-styled godman had also sexually abused the victim’s mother.
If reports are to be believed the police will not register any case against the woman. Meanwhile, the Gangeshananda has been booked under Section 376 (Rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO).