An Indian man identified as Vivek Sharma in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus cut off his own tongue.
The 24-year-old believed that cutting off his tongue was to please a deity to protect others after claiming he became anxious about the spread of the killer disease, which has clamed more than 160,000 lives worldwide.
The young worker who staged the incident in Nadeshwari in Gujarat, had been employed as a stone cutter alongside eight others working at the Bhavani Mata temple in Suigam.
According to one of his co-workers said, he was an ardent devotee of Kali Mata, he left Bhavani temple saying that he was going to the market, but did not return.
When his brother rang his phone, a stranger answered and told him what had happened.
The police in a statement confirm that, Vivek did it thinking that by sacrificing the tongue he would please the god to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Vivek was found unconscious after the police were called by a priest, he was then rushed to the hospital where doctors are trying to reattach his tongue.
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