We're all familiar with that very old fashioned expression - "cut off your nose to spite your face" - which suddenly seems like a perfectly rational, even quaint manifestation of one's spite.
A 25 year old man from a prominent family in Egypt spent two years requesting permission from his father to marry a lovely lass from a less than prominent family.
Distressed by his Pappa's continued refusal to allow the union, the young nan warmed up a knife and sliced off his reproductive organ.
As so often happens following drastic gestures, doctors were unable to reattach the severed member.
And thus, one prominent Egyptian family is now, and shall remain, somewhat less prominent.