Woman cuts off brother-in-law's penis and takes it to police station claiming he raped her

By The Rainbow

A woman cut off her brother-in-law's penis and handed it to police, claiming he had sexually assaulted her.

The 32-year-old woman, accompanied by her three children, went to a police station in the Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh in central India, where she told officers her brother-in-law had raped her, according to the Times of India.

She had been living with her brother-in-law because her husband worked more than 700 miles away, in Nashik, Maharashtra.

His body was reportedly found hanging from a tree near their house.

Women and men protest against rape in New Delhi (Picture: K.Asif/India Today Group/Getty Images)

She claims she used a sickle to cut off her brother-in-law's penis as it was the only way to stop him attacking her.

According to Sidhi police spokesman Abid Khan, the woman has been charged with attempted murder.

He said: 'This is a rare case and has to be investigated for a proper charge sheet.'

India has been forced to confront the problem of rape ever since the fatal gang rape of a student on a Delhi bus in December 2012.

In 2014, the number of rapes in India rose by 9 per cent to 33,707, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau.