A man in India who was caught in a back alley in Ganganagar raping a woman is in a critical condition in hospital after having been castrated with a meat cleaver by an angry mob who caught him in the act.
Suresh Kumar, 40, was caught pinning a young girl against a wall and attempting to rape her. He was dragged by the mob into a nearby butcher's shop, beaten with sticks for an hour, and then castrated.
Kumar was set upon in the Rajasthan state town after locals heard the woman screaming that she was being raped. After Kumar was castrated, his testicles were dumped in the middle of the road, while he was left bloodied until the police arrived.
According to an eyewitness, Aamir Dhawan, no one "went to help" Kumar because they knew he had been punished for a "sex crime."
Dhawan said, "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."
Nevertheless, the police in India cannot accept such vigilante conduct and have asked the responsible parties to come forward as they said citizens cannot be allowed to "take the law into their own hands."
The police spokesman continued, "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."
The rape victim was treated for shock at the scene and given counseling. The castration of Kumar comes after a string of sex crimes in India have come to light, in some cases with the rape victims being hanged from trees after their ordeal.
In July, for example, one man was killed and two others were badly hurt after being accused of raping and hanging a seven-year-old girl.