India: Man cut off his tongue to appease deity to stop coronavirus

An Indian man reportedly cut off his tongue as an offering to deity believing it will stop the coronavirus pandemic.

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The incident took place in Suigam, a Taluka of Banaskantha district in Gujarat, on Sunday. A 24 years old stone sculptor, known as Vivek Sharma was quickly transported to hospital after he was discovered lying unconscious with his tongue in his hand.

According to sources, the man became frustrated because he could not go back to his home town in the Morena district in Madhya Pradesh due to the coronavirus lockdown.

The young man allegedly told his co-workers that he was going to visit a market. However, when he did not return, his brother called his phone to which a stranger answered and informed him that Vivek had chopped off his tongue at the Nadeshwari temple.

Doctors tried to reattach his tongue, but for the time being it is still unknown if they were successful.

Indian media reported that the man believed his tongue could be used as a sacrifice to please a deity and put an end to the virus outbreak.

On the side of the police, inspector HD Parmar explained that: “For the last few days, he was keen to go back to his native town in Madhya Pradesh, but it was impossible due to lockdown. Today in reckless abandon, he chopped off his tongue.”

“We found him lying unconscious in the temple premises with the tongue in his hand. The priest called the Border Security Force (BSF) commander and Sharma was moved to a hospital in Tharad town where doctors are trying to reattach his tongue.”

 “Only after thorough investigation, we will know the exact reason for such a step.” He added.

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