PATNA: Audacious rapists murdered the father of a gang-rape victim in Jharkhand days after being released from jail on bail amid the Narendra Modi government coming out with a harsh law to sternly deal with the incidents of rape. The accused had warned the man against deposing in the court but he rejected his demand.
Family members said five persons dragged the man out of his home at Goindi village in Jharkhand’s Palamu district, took him to an open field and beat him to death. The very next morning his body was found hanging from the window of a local school.
According to family members, the accused persons had been exerting pressures on the villager to withdraw the rape case he had filed against them. However, as he remained adamant on his stand, he was done to death, they alleged.
Police have registered a case against five persons in connection with the murder of rape victim’s father and conducting raids to nab the absconding accused persons.
“We have registered a case on the basis of statement of his wife (who is also the mother of rape victim) and raids are on to nab the absconding accused persons,” a local police official in charge of investigation Ramchandra Mahato told the media on Saturday. The case was registered on Thursday.
Victim family members alleged after the murder the accused persons prevented them from leaving the village but they somehow fled the scene and registered the case with the Medininagar police station. The victim’s family has apprehended threat to their lives and sought police protection.
According to rape victim’s mother, her teenaged daughter had gone out to attend a marriage function in the neighbourhood in 2015 when three villagers kidnapped her at gun-point, took her to the local village school and gang-raped her with the warning not to report the incident to her family.
Subsequently, her parents registered a case against the accused persons at the local police station after which all of them were arrested and sent to jail.
Barely a month back, the accused had come out on bail and began threatening the rape victim’s father with dire consequences if he didn’t withdraw the case against them. But he refused to budge from his stand.