GUWAHATI: An Adivasi woman chopped off a fellow tribal’s private parts for his alleged attempt to rape her and later, buried his body at a nearby graveyard, reportedly with help from seven other women at Bharajuli village in Jinjia area, Assam.
The incident, which happened on April 4, came to light only on Tuesday evening. The murdered man was identified as Krishna Bhumij (30). The woman and her husband were arrested on Wednesday and produced in court, which remanded them to judicial custody.
“We’ve arrested the woman, Rita Orang, and her husband. Local women told the media that seven other women had helped her in disposing of the body. We are investigating,” Ankur Jain, Biswanath Chariali Superintendent of Police, told Express.
Jain said the police had learnt about the murder while working on a missing report filed by Krishna’s family. The body was exhumed on Tuesday night and sent for an autopsy.
“He (Krishna) was a notorious criminal, who was on the run after non-bailable arrest warrants were issued against him in two other cases,” said the senior police officer.
The woman alleged that Krishna had attempted to rape her and her daughter. “He attempted to rape me and my daughter in our house. But, soon, I managed to lay my hand on an axe and when he saw me challenging him with it, he fled but I chased him down and hacked him. He fell flat and was battling for his life.
“Later, I chopped off his private parts as I feared that he could survive the attack and retaliate,” the woman told reporters.
Rita also said she had buried the body that evening itself with the help of seven other women.