An Indian farmer was in critical condition on Sunday after cutting his tongue as a sacrificial offering at a Hindu temple, police said.
The 40-year-old’s act of self-harm with a pocket knife sparked panic among crowds at the popular temple in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
Investigator Abhilash Tiwari said AFP the man and his wife performed rituals before pulling out the knife, cutting out her tongue, and placing it at the temple door.
“Our officers stationed at the temple rushed him to hospital with the help of other devotees,” Tiwari said.
The woman told police her husband had “sacrificed” his tongue to appease a goddess but could not further explain why, Tiwari added.
Self-harm and even human sacrifice remain problems in India where much of the population holds superstitious beliefs and sometimes performs bizarre acts to appease the deities.
At least two similar incidents were reported in two Indian states last year when two men in their 20s cut out their tongues and offered it to the gods.
In 2020, a Hindu priest beheaded a local farmer and offered his head as a sacrifice, claiming he had dreamed that a deity told him to do so.