Her arrest came after villagers who rushed the bleeding husband along with the severed part of the penis to a hospital, informed the police. Senthamarai, 55, a farmer, and Jayanthi had taken part in a village temple festival on Sunday as part of of the auspicious Aadi month festivities, police official Prakash Babu told AFP.
After the temple event, they went for a street play. Around 1.30am Jayanthi slipped out of the crowd on the pretext of needing to relieve herself. When Jayanthi failed to return more than an hour later, a worried Senthamarai went in search of her. He later found her in a compromising position with another villager, Dhatchanamoorthi.
An officer said:
Enraged, Senthamarai grabbed his wife and her lover and threatened to make their relationship public.
‘Noise from the festivities drowned out Dhatchanamoorthi’s cries for help. ‘In the scuffle that ensued, Senthamarai’s dhoti (trousers made of cloth) fell off. ‘Jayanthi, fearing she and her lover would be thrashed, wanted to escape before villagers reached the spot. ‘She bit his penis, severing part of it, and fled with her lover.
Jayanthi was arrested after police tracked her down by monitoring Dhatchanamoorthi’s phone after they fled the village of Thuraimoolai near Gudiyatham. While Jayanthi who confessed to biting off her husband’s penis has been sent to Vellore Central Prison for women, it was further gathered that her husband is now recuperating in hospital.
A year ago, another husband ended up in the same Vellore hospital as Senthamarai after his wife reportedly chopped off his penis when he called her old. She was then said to have put it in her purse and hopped on a bus to see her parents.