A father chopped off the hands of a teenager who allegedly raped his daughter
The man met the 17-year-old accused on Tuesday after he had appeared in a local court in Punjab state India charged with raping the then seven-month-old girl in 2014.
According to the Police the 25-year-old Parminder Singh lured the teenager away from the court in Bathinda district by offering him an out-of-court settlement, before tieing him to a tree and cutting off both of his hands.
“He (the father) took him near a dried up canal, beat him up badly and then tied him to a tree and finally hacked his hands off. There is nothing below the wrists now,” Swapan Sharma, a senior police officer said.
“Locals alerted police and we rushed to the spot. We picked him up, his hands, and took him to the hospital,” he said, adding that the accused was in a stable condition.
Sharma said police were hunting for the father, a brick kiln labourer who fled after the attack, and have registered a case of attempted murder against him.
The mother of the girl allegedly found the accused molesting her in April 2014. Police registered a rape case and the teen was sent to a juvenile remedial home pending a trial.
India has a grim record of sexual assaults and there are occasional reports of vigilante justice meted out to rapists, in a country with a notoriously slow and sometimes corrupt legal justice system.
Is there any justification for what the man did?