A 32-year-old man in India whose father died by suicide after being accused of raping a girl several months ago has admitted to killing the alleged rape survivor’s dad in retaliation for the death, according to police.
Kailash Gujjar and his friend, Sajjan Jat, 39, committed the fatal stabbing in a grassy field near the village of Gudda Khurd in Ajmer on Oct. 3, the Times of India reported, citing deputy police superintendent Ramavtar Choudhary of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Cell.
The two men then disposed of the knives used in the attack and threw away the victim’s mobile phone into a pit, police said.
The family of the victim filed a complaint and suspected Gujjar of being involved.
When they were interrogated, Gujjar and Jat, both residents of Bhinai’s Barai village, confessed to the murder.
They fatally stabbed the victim to avenge the suicide of Gujjar’s father, Shravan Gujjar, the two said.
Prior to his death, the victim lodged a police complaint that accused Shravan of raping the victim’s minor daughter.
Shravan killed himself by consuming poison a month after the complaint was filed.
“Kailash was jolted by his father’s suicide and went to the rape survivor’s house to threaten the family with dire consequences,” Choudhary was quoted as saying by the outlet.
Kailash and Jat were arrested on Oct. 6. Police were able to recover the knives used in the killing as well as the victim’s mobile phone and motorcycle.
In a similar story from more than a year ago, an accused rapist who was out on bail fatally stabbed his alleged victim.
The man, identified by authorities as Netram, allegedly stabbed the unnamed victim to death at her house in the village of Nagani in Rajasthan, India, in June of last year.
Netram had been accused of raping the victim in November 2020. He constantly threatened her to withdraw the complaint after being released on bail, but the woman did not respond to him.
In addition to killing the victim, Netram was also accused of injuring the woman’s younger sister during the attack.
Police arrested Netram following the fatal stabbing.
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