A teenage girl in India cut off the penis of her uncle as he allegedly attempted to rape her. And local police are praising her for it.

The incident, reported by the Independent, took place in the Madhepura district in the state of Bihar. It comes amid a wave of publicity about scores of rapes in India as well as complaints that many have gone unpunished.

The latest began July 1 when the Indian teen, said to be 17 or 18, was raped by her uncle, according to reports. Accounts of the circumstances vary.

Initial reports from the Times of India stated the uncle of the girl was a tantric healer and when she became ill, her mother took her to see him. Claiming the girl was under the influence of a supernatural power, he took her into a private room where he tried to have sex with her. When she protested, he allegedly gagged and raped her. Police told the Independent that there was no attempt to “cure her” — it was just rape.

In any case, the next day, the uncle went to see the girl and asked her to come to his home, police told the Times. On July 2, she went — this time armed with a recording device and a knife. Police told local media the teen recorded a conversation with her uncle and then, when he allegedly tried to rape her for the second time, she cut off his penis.

Asked whether the Indian teen would face criminal charges for her knife attack, senior officer A.K. Singh, superintendent at the Alam Nagar police station, told the Independent, “Why should we file a case against her? We should applaud her bravery and courage.”

Singh said the man fled and police were looking for him.