Dehradun, Dec 22: A three and half year old boy's genitals were chopped off in the Mohammadpur area of Peeran Kaliyar. The small town houses the shrine of a 13th century Sufi saint.
Sitting by her healing son, the boy's mother Gulshan, 25, said that the child was attacked when he was playing in a sugercane field in the afternoon.
"I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him coming from the fields. He was in a shock and couldn't speak for hours. When he fainted in my arms I thought had I lost him," said a sobbing Gulshan.
The boy's father registered a complaint against the assailants. The station house officer of Civil Lines police station BD Uniyal said that five persons including two self-styled religious healers (tantriks) have been detained.
Shoaib's father Salim (30), who is a daily wage earner revealed that he found a shaving blade in a pool of blood. He further added,"We know someone has taken his vital parts for sorcery. Couples seeking to male child indulge in such heinous acts. We are sure of this because his parts are missing."
The boy is recuperating at the Shri Mahant Indresh Hospital in Dehradun where he was operated upon on Saturday night. Paediatric surgeon, Madhukar Maletha said that his wounds have to be sealed with skin sheets, which requires another surgery.
"Then we will also try to use make a passage for urine with leftover nerves," he added. The possibility of reconstructing the genitals, however, has been ruled out as the degree of injury is very severe.