KOZHIKODE: Gangesananda Theerthapada alias Hari Swami, whose penis was chopped off by a woman protesting his rape attempt, has immense connections with police higher-ups and it was these connections that helped him go scot-free in a case booked against him at Pettah police station in April 2009.
According to senior police officers, it was during a series of protests at Kannammoola in Thiruvananthapuram called by a few locals over the mysterious missing of an idol of Sree Chattambi Swamy in April 2009 that Hari Swami appeared at the scene.
He began a sit-in protest on the road and carried a can of kerosene threatening to immolate himself if action was not taken against the police personnel who allegedly manhandled the locals who wanted to place a new idol at the plot owned by the then Inspector General of Police B Sandhya.
Allegations were rife the police were supporting Sandhya’s claim over the plot even when the locals led by Nair Service Society were demanding the State government take over the particular plot as it was said to be the birth place of Sree Chattambi Swamy.
As tense situation escalated at the scene, police arrested and removed Hari Swami from the spot. Though a case was booked against him and he was taken to court with a remand report, higher-ups in the police intervened and he was freed before he was produced before the judge. Hari Swami soon returned to the spot and continued with his protest.
Min pat for girl
Public Works Minister G Sudhakaran has lauded the girl who chopped off the genitals of the spiritual person who sexually exploited her. He said the government would provide all protection required for the girl and urged other women to come forward and resist all forms of exploitation.
He said he had penned a poem three years ago on girls who were bold enough to chop off the genitals of rapists. Though many had condemned his poem when it was published, the theme of the poem had at present become a social reality, he added.