A man in India is fighting for his life after an angry mob reportedly castrated him because they caught him raping a young girl.
Suresh Kumar, 40, was reportedly found holding a young girl against a wall in the Rajasthan state town and trying to rape her, reports Inquisitr. A mob of people descended upon him after they heard a girl’s screams and then reportedly dragged him into a nearby butcher’s shop, where they beat him with sticks for one hour and castrated him with a meat cleaver.
A witness named Aamir Dhawan said the man left the butcher’s shop covered in blood, but that no one would help him until police arrived at the scene. His testicles were reportedly left in the middle of the road, making a strong statement to any man who considered rape.
“We have had a lot of intolerable offenses against women in this country recently, with girls being raped, hung, and molested, and it’s time it stopped,” Dhawan said. “This sends out a very strong message to anyone like that – if you do it you will be punished.”
Police are asking for the suspects to turn themselves in because they say can’t allow citizens to determine the fate of a criminal.
“As deplorable as these crimes are, law and order has to be maintained, and not lynch justice,” said a police spokesman. “We ask those men who carried out this attack to hand themselves in before we find them.”
The victim of the rape was reportedly treated for shock and is receiving conseling. Kumar is reportedly in critical condition.