Peeved over Asaram row, sadhu chops off genitals in Uttar Pradesh

Apparently peeved at the allegations against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, a 50-year-old sadhu chopped off his genitals in Madhavpur village in Amethi, police said on Thursday.

"I am not a follower of Asaram but I am peeved with such allegations against a saint. These allegations are a blot on the fraternity of saints," police sources quoted Sant Baba Premdas of Udaseen Math as having said after his extreme act.

He was rushed to a hospital after he inflicted the injury on himself, police said, adding that he has now been referred to Sultanpur for treatment.

Asaram is facing charges of having sexually assaulted a minor girl at one of his ashrams at Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

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