Friday, October 17, 2008

No Means No: Attack a Lady, Lose a Head

The Soviet Union might be gone, but the sickle lives on.

Woman beheads man, parades it through streets

LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- A woman chopped the head off a man who allegedly tried to attack her and then paraded the head through a market in northern India, police said Friday.

Police arrested the woman late Thursday after receiving calls from frightened witnesses who reported a blood-soaked woman holding a severed head was walking through the village, said police officer Ram Bharose.

The woman, 35, told police she had gone to a nearby forest to cut grass for fodder for her cattle when a man attacked her from behind.

"In a bid to save her dignity she beheaded him with a sickle," Bharose said, adding that the woman had bite marks on her neck and cheek.

The woman also told police that the man had been harassing and stalking her for three months and she had no regrets about killing him, he said, adding that she would probably be charged with culpable homicide.

The incident took place in Makkapurva village, some 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

I do not normally advocate violence, and parading a severed head around town is not my idea of a good time, but if her story is true it would be unfortunate to prosecute her for defending herself against an attacker (and without the aid of a firearm!). You have to say one thing for her. I do not think any future stalkers in and around Makkapuva village will be crossing this lady.

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