Dubai, May 31: An Arab Spring we can all get behind. Quick, somebody ask Obama how he feels about Muslim women standing up for themselves.
A Turkish woman set fire to a man in a mosque in southern Germany on Saturday. She says she acted out of revenge after the man raped her.
The 36-year-old poured petrol over the 38-year-old man in a mosque in the city of Reutlingen, in Baden-Württemberg, before setting him alight. The woman was taken into custody on Sunday, on charges of attempted murder, according to the state prosecutors office and the police.
The victim was admitted into hospital after the attack suffering from severe burns, however his life is not in danger.
According to the police, the victim and the suspect have known each other for some time. The woman claimed she had been sexually abused and molested by the man. He, on the other hand, says that there was a consensual relationship.
On Saturday afternoon, according to the police, the woman’s husband and the later victim got into a fight in a room in the mosque. People attending the mosque tried to separate the two men, but were unsuccessful.
The woman then poured petrol from a canister she had brought with her and set him on fire. The man was able to run outside and, with the help of a witness, managed to take off the burning clothes.
The accused and her husband were arrested at the scene. The woman admitted that she had carried out the attack, saying that her motive was the alleged rape. Her husband was subsequently released.
Police in southern Bangladesh say a woman cut off a man’s penis during an alleged attempt to rape her and took it to a police station as evidence.
The incident took place in Mirzapur village, Jhalakathi, about 200km (124 miles) south of the capital, Dhaka.
Monju Begum, 40, a married mother of three, told police that neighbour Mozammel Haq Mazi forced his way into her shanty and started assaulting her.
Mr Mazi, who denies the accusation, has been admitted to a nearby hospital.
“We will arrest him once his condition gets better,” police spokesman Abul Khaer told the BBC.
“She said she fought back and cut off his penis and brought it to our police station in a polythene bag to prove that Mr Mazi tried to rape her,” police spokesman Abul Khaer told the BBC.
“She has registered a case accusing him of attempted rape,” he said.
“It is quite an unusual incident. As far as I am aware, this is the first time that a woman has brought a severed penis to the police station as evidence.”
Monju Begum told police that Mr Mazi, a married father of five, had been harassing her for the past six months.
But Mr Mazi denied the allegations.
“We were having an affair and recently she suggested that both of us can go and settle down in Dhaka,” Mr Mazi told the BBC from the hospital in nearby Barisal.
“I refused and told her that I cannot leave my wife and children, so she took revenge on me.”
Prof AMSM Sharfuzzaman, a senior surgeon at the Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital in Barisal town, told the BBC it had not been possible to reattach the organ.
“Police brought his severed penis several hours after the incident,” he said.
“We are treating him so that he can urinate normally without the penis.”