A 20-year-old man died in Thane, India, after a neighbour squeezed his testicles during a dispute over a blocked drain. The incident took place at Mafatlal Nagar in Kalwa, Thane, at around 3.30pm on Tuesday. According to the Kalwa police, the victim, identified as Gangaram Narsingh Ghadge, lived at Mafatlal Nagar with his elderly mother. After Monday's heavy rains, a drain near Ghadge's house had clogged up, and he and his mother were busy trying to unblock it when neighbours confronted them.
Omkar (45) and Anguri Pawar (40) told him to stop cleaning the drain as this was causing the water to flow towards their house. Ghadge did not listen to them and carried on cleaning, so the infuriated neighbours started abusing him and his mother. "Ghadge asked the husband and wife to mind their language and not abuse his mother, which angered them even more. Omkar and Anguri started assaulting Ghadge but he overpowered them.
The Pawar's sons Manoj (22) and Rajesh (21), their friend Riyasat Ansari (22), and three others then attacked Ghadge," said Prakash Kilewad, senior police inspector at Dharavi police station. He added, "The accused kept attacking Ghadge, and Anguri squeezed his testicles. Ghadge cried in pain but she kept squeezing till he fell to the ground unconscious. Locals rushed him to Chhatrapati Shivaji hospital, where he was declared dead before admission." According to doctors at Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital, Ghadge's genitals were swollen when he was taken there.
A post mortem was conducted on Tuesday evening, after which doctors told the police that the cause of death seems to be severe injury to the genitals. The police have charged eight people, of which five have been arrested while three have absconded. According to senior physician Dr Krishnakant Dhebri, the testicles are the most sensitive organs in a man's body. "Any severe trauma or injury to the testicles can cause vasovagal shock, which can even lead to death," said Dr Dhebri. Vasavagal shock, also known as neurogenic shock, is caused by a strong physical or emotional stimulus that causes widespread vasodilation (widening of blood vessels) and bradycardia (disorder of the heart rate).