About two years ago when a langur appeared at Cherukulapadu village in Kurnool district, its 400-odd residents had sighed in relief. It would chase away a pack of monkeys that were destroying their crops. The langur did end the monkey menace but is now troubling the villagers.
It has started attacking women — five in the past week — and one elderly woman, Janakiamma, died of shock recently when the langur pounced on her.
“Apparently it saw a couple indulging in sex in the fields recently and since then it is pouncing on women and trying to replicate the act. Women are scared to go out in the open and when inside, they ensure that doors and windows are locked,” says Subba Rao, a villager.
Now women are afraid to go out alone and usually travel in groups. The men, too, carry sticks and sickles to prevent any attack.
“I was returning home one afternoon with a basket of vegetables when it pounced on me. Its actions are worse than a human being,” adds Ramulamma, another resident.
The villagers have petitioned the forest department to trap the langur and take it away. “We are waiting for the forest official team to arrive,” says Subba Rao.