Disturbed with sarcastic remarks and comparison with self-styled godmen accused in rape cases, a 41-year-old priest chopped off his genitals in a public meeting at Sewavali Dhaam Aashram situated at Mandhan village in Alwar district late on Friday evening. In anger, he also threw it in the air.
The man was rushed to Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Hospitalwhere he is undergoing treatment.
According to police, a jagaran (night prayer) was on at Sewavali village situated aashram under Mandhan village of Alwar district. People started to boo priest Anil Purohit. People started commenting on how self-styled godman varying from Asaram, Sant Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim, Falhaari Baba and now Daati Maharaj are allegedly involved in rape cases, police said. The priest was continuously asking people to calm down and said those who had committed crime should be legally punished. People were taken aback when he first declared that he is going to chop off his genitals and within some minutes, he did it. "Within some seconds he got fainted and panic prevailed at the venue. People started running away from the spot. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in Behror where doctors referred him to the SMS Hospital in Jaipur," said Dharam Pal, an eye-witness devotee.
According to locals, the victim was annoyed and disturbed for a long time after reading and watching news on self-styled godmen getting involved in rape cases. "Every month on 15th and 30th, people visit Sewawali Aashram for the jaagran (night prayers). People started comparing the priest with the others who got involved in rape cases. Initially, he was annoyed and later asserting that he is not like others, he chopped off his private part," said Moti Lal, another devotee.
The priest in his statements said that only he is responsible for this act.