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Bangladeshi woman cuts off penis of man she says tried to rape her, submits it as evidence

Mother of three says neighbor was harassing her for months; neighbor says they were having an affair

A 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman cut off the penis of a man she said was trying to rape her and brought it to the local authorities as evidence, the local police said Monday.

The incident took place in the Jhalakathi district, a remote area 120 miles south of the capital, Dhaka, AFP reported. Monju Begum, 40, a married mother of three, told police that her neighbor, Mozammel Haq Mazi, forced his way into her home and attacked her. Mazi has denied the allegations.

AFP said:

"As he tried to rape her, the lady cut his penis off with a knife. She then wrapped up the penis in a piece of polythene and brought it to the Jhalakathi police station as evidence of the crime," the police chief, Abul Khaer, said.

Begum has filed an attempted rape case against Mazi, saying that the married father of five had been harassing her for six months. Mazi, who has been hospitalized, said that he had been having an affair with Begum but had refused her request to leave his wife and children and go to Dhaka with her, and that she had cut off his penis in anger, BBC reported.

"I refused and told her that I cannot leave my wife and children, so she took revenge on me," Mazi said from the hospital in the town of Barisol, where he was being treated.

A surgeon at the hospital said it had not been possible to reattach the penis.The severed penis has been kept at the police station.

"We shall arrest him once his condition gets better," Khaer said. "It is quite an unusual incident. As far as I am aware, this is the first time that a woman has brought a severed penis to the police station as evidence."

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