Man Mutilates Himself For Love

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 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, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the press, 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.

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  • by Crystal Location: Vanceboro on Jun 2, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    I see it as heartbreaking because of how desperate he became because he couldn't be with the woman he loved. He must have been in total despair to do something so crazy. If something like that was done here in America it would only hurt him, but in a culture like that, his actions would humiliate and shame his entire family. Women especially in other cultures get murdured all the time for bringing shame and reproach on their families.
  • by Small Town Girl on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    To Sarah from Fayetteville: I AGREE with you! That's just harming himself.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    no more hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm for him.....
  • by Just a girl Location: wmst on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    hmmmm, okay, well,,hmmmm, man I can't even comment on this,,lol
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    Despair, you think. The "peter" is gone. Crystal and DeWayne how do you see this as heartbreaking?
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    First I will have to say that the father deserves to be tortured for acting so arrogant & not allowing his son to be happy. There is nothing wrong with the rich & the poor being married to each other. Apparently this man thinks so and if it was my dad, I would not even claim him as one, but I know mine has way more sense and compassion than this sick father has. Other than that, the man must be mentally retarted to cut off his penis, I don't care what the reason is. If I had that happen to me, I would want to kill myself. I feel terrible for this girl for not even being able to be happy married to her man that she loves. This also reminds me of how thankful I am to live in a much better culture than that. As much as I have a problem with the government, I would rather deal with them than to live out in Egypt where their government is probably even worse and everything else as well. Just thinking about what this man done makes me want to puke. Nobody tells me who or who not to be with.
  • by sarah Location: fayetteville, nc on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM
    shoot, i dont see how this punishes his family. all this means is he hurts his own self. crazy.
  • by Crystal Location: Vanceboro on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    Very well said Dewayne, you speak like someone with intelligence. As far as the story goes... It's like a romantic tragedy, how heartbreaking. It does hurt not to be with the one you love. I think he did it thinking he wouldn't be forced into a marriage that he doesn't want if he can't reproduce, or maybe to shame his family. Either way, we Americans should be thankful that we do not have to grow up in a culture that dictates who you have to spend the rest of your life with. I feel for this man, and the woman he really loved, she too must be in despair.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    Ben in Havelock. To make a mockery of this man's tragedy and use the name of "God" in the same sentence shows your lack of character. What is a thumper? Is it a rabbit with a big foot, a Harley rider, or are you mocking those who believe in the Holy Bible? You offend many sir.
  • by ben Location: havelock on Jun 1, 2009 at 05:25 PM
    God works in mysterious ways. For all you "thumpers" out there.

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