Indian man who killed daughter’s rapist wanted to send message
An Indian man who tortured and killed his daughter’s alleged rapist before turning himself in wanted to send a message that those who commit such crimes cannot escape justice, his wife has said.
The 36-year-old father of six turned himself into police last week and confessed to strangling his neighbour after the man allegedly admitted raping the 14-year-old.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police he acted after discovering that his daughter was pregnant.
According to the police report, the teenager told her father she had been raped by the family’s trusted neighbour and tenant, who had threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
A doctor’s report confirmed the assault, according to police.
“I was shocked because we treated the tenant just like our family member. He breached my trust,” police quoted the father as saying.
At the family’s dilapidated home in a poor area of New Delhi the teenager stood beside her mother, a dazed look on her face, as relatives and neighbours queued to offer their sympathies.
Distraught, the mother told AFP her husband was a gentle man.
“I only had the chance to see him briefly and he told me he wanted to warn potential rapists that they can never escape justice,” said the 32-year-old as she wiped away tears.
Most of those present fully supported the father’s actions.
“We totally sympathise with the family. What is the fault of this young girl or the father? The rapist deserved this kind of treatment,” said next door neighbour Rani Devi, as others nodded in agreement.
Investigating officer Arvind Pratap Singh told AFP that while he felt sympathy for the accused, he had to do his duty.
He said: “In my 20 years of police service, I have never come across such a case.
“The first instinct of anyone who commits a crime is to run away. But this man walked into the police station on his own and calmly narrated the sequence of events.
“As a fellow human being, I have sympathy for the father and the family. But as a police officer, it’s my duty to follow the law.”