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Indian father chops off alleged rapist’s hands

NEW DELHI, April 21, (AFP): A father chopped off the hands of a teenager who allegedly raped his baby daughter before dumping him alive near a canal in northern India, police said Wednesday. Parminder Singh approached the 17-year-old accused on Tuesday after he had appeared in a local court in Punjab state charged with raping the then sevenmonth- old girl in 2014.

Police said the 25-year-old Singh lured the teenager away from the court in Bathinda district by offering him an out-of-court settlement, before tieing him to a tree and cutting off both of his hands. “He (the father) took him near a dried up canal, beat him up badly and then tied him to a tree and finally hacked his hands off. There is nothing below the wrists now,” Swapan Sharma, a senior police officer of Bathinda, told AFP by telephone.

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