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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Egyptian man chops off penis after marriage refusal

Photo from Elaine Hill Photography
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
The Belfast Telegraph

A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported on Sunday.

After unsuccessfully petitioning his father for two years to marry the girl, the man heated up a knife and sliced off his reproductive organ, said a police official.

The young man came from a prominent family in the southern Egyptian province of Qena, one of Egypt's poorest and most conservative areas that is also home to the famed ancient Egyptian ruins of Luxor.

The man was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to reattach the severed member, the official added citing the police report filed after the incident.

The official added that the man was still recovering in the hospital.

Traditionally, marriages in these conservative part of southern Egypt are between similar social classes and often within the same extended families — and are rarely for love.

This, imo, is a really bad idea, right up there with facial tattoos. Wonder how long it took for regret to set in? This takes the warning, "don't cut off your nose to spite your face" to a whole new level...

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