Thiruvananthapuram: A 23-year-old woman cut the private parts of a “swami” who allegedly tried to rape her on Friday night at Pettah. Gangeshananda Teethapadam alias Hariswami, 54, of Chattambi Ashramam Panmana in Kollam, was admitted to a hospital for treatment.
Police said that the man was sexually abusing the girl ever since she was a Class X student. According to the police, the incident happened on Friday night when Hari tried to rape the girl at her residence. She cut his penis using a knife.
The accused claimed to be a saint associated with Chattambi Swami Ashram at Panmana in Kollam district. But the ashram authorities have dismissed any association with him. “He was a brahmachari at the ashram 15 years ago. Later he quit. But it is learned that he was using ashram for his fame,” said an official of ashram.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Arul B Krishna said that the girl’s father was bed-ridden for many years and her mother got acquainted with the swami for conducting regular poojas at home for removing all the problems faced by the family. The police have charged the swami with relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) because the victim said that she had been facing the abuse since she was a Class 12th student.
“We may also register a case against her mother for abetting the crime,” the DCP said. Police has taken a case against Hari under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO). Pettah CI Suresh Kumar said that they have not taken any case against the girl as they feel it is their responsibility to morally support her.
Police also said that Hariswami was in constant touch with the family for several years. They also added that the girl’s mother was aware of him sexually abusing her daughter.
A statement from the medical college said that an emergency surgery was conducted on Hari, who was admitted to MCH by around 12.39 am. “It was difficult to stich the cut off portion. The surgery was done to stop bleeding and to restore urinary track,” it said.