The 54-year-old godman who was charged under POSCO Act after 23-year-old woman had alleged that she cut off his genitals as he molested her for years. But the swami or the godman has another version to the story and has said that he himself was responsible for the cutting off his genitals.

He denied the reports that his genitals were chopped off by the Kerala woman whom he allegedly attempted to rape in Kerala. The 54-year-old Gangeshananda Theerthapada said India Today that he had removed the organ himself as, being a swami, his sexual organs were of no use to him.

The god-man was charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act following a complaint and statement by the 23-year-old law student that she had to cut his genitals off to escape an alleged rape attempt after years of harassment.

The Kerala woman said the godman visited her home frequently to perform poojas and used to harass her and she couldn’t take any action as she was a minor, police said.

But tired off all of this, she cut off the genitals of the godman when he allegedly tried to rape her at her home in Pettah in the city on Friday night. The 54-year-old man, an inmate of an ashram in Kollam, was rushed to the government medical college hospital here with critical injuries in the wee hours, police said. He underwent an emergency surgery and his condition is stable now, a hospital release said.

The woman in her complaint stated that the accused has been known to her family for the past few years and has been harassing her since she was a minor, police said. He frequented her home for performing poojas and used to assault her during the visits, the complaint said.

When he tried to abuse her on Friday night, she protested and chopped off his private organ with a knife, it added.

A senior police official told PTI that a case has been registered against the man under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) and IPC 376 (punishment for rape). No case has been registered against the woman, he said. The police declined to divulge details, saying the investigation is on.