A father from Punjab, India, took justice into his own hands on behalf of his infant daughter, allegedly cutting off the hands of a young man who raped the 7-month-old girl.
In 2014, a then-14-year-old was accused of raping the father’s 7-month-old daughter after her mother allegedly walked in on the act taking place.
On April 19, the 17-year-old appeared in court in Punjab, but the hearing was ultimately postponed. The girl’s father, 25-year-old Parminder Singh, reportedly approached the teen and offered to ride him home on his motorcycle and discuss a settlement. Singh, however, instead drove the teen to a canal to exact his revenge.
The father allegedly tied the teen to a tree, beat him and cut him several times before slicing off his hands at the wrist.
"[Singh] took him near a dried up canal, beat him up badly and then tied him to a tree and finally hacked his hands off," Bathinda police officer Swapan Sharma told the Agence France-Presse.
"There is nothing below the wrists now."
The teen would have died at the scene had it not been for some nearby locals.
"A few villagers heard the juvenile’s cries and ran towards the canal," Sharma told the Indian Express. "They found the victim bleeding profusely."
By the time the villagers came to help the teen, the father had fled.
"Locals alerted police and we rushed to the spot," Sharma added to the AFP. "We picked him up, his hands, and took him to the hospital."
Images released of the teen show him lying on a stretcher wearing blood-stained jeans, with his arms bandaged near the wrist and no hands in sight.
Many Indian citizens reportedly seek vigilante justice in sexual assault cases due to the notoriously slow and often corrupt system in place. In November 2014, a father reportedly tortured and killed his daughter’s rapist and turned himself in to police for the crime.