On Friday, a woman in her forties, whose teenage daughter was allegedly molested by a group of men in 2018, died at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, a week after the family of the woman and her daughter were assaulted at their home in the city, allegedly by the same men who had managed to get bail in the original molestation case.
The woman and her sister who is a BJP leader in Jajmau locality were injured on the night of January 9, when four out of the 6 men had attacked them.
SP East Rajkumar Agarwal said three of the attackers were arrested within three days of the attack and one was still missing. The police are converting the case into one of murder after her death, he said.
The men allegedly beat up the two with stones and sticks. Some reports said that a video clip has also been surfaced where the men can be seen storming into the house and one of them, in a white kurta and trousers, has been caught on camera hitting a woman’s face with his feet.
The woman’s teenage daughter was molested in 2018 in a small workplace and she along with her sister was the key witnesses in the case. The police had arrested all the four accused after registering a case under Section 354C and the POCSO Act. The accused, however, got bail from the court.
The family members of the woman have alleged that the accused were putting pressure on her to withdraw the case, and had also threatened her of extremely serious consequences.