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Out On Bail, Man Accused Of Sex Assault Kills Woman's Father In UP

Out On Bail, Man Accused Of Sex Assault Kills Woman's Father In UP

The woman's father died on the way to hospital.

Hathras, Uttar Pradesh:

A man who was jailed briefly in 2018 in a sex assault case, out on bail ever since,  allegedly shot dead the survivor's father on Monday in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district, about 200 km from Delhi.  

An argument at around 4:30 PM on Monday, the Hathras Police said, between the family of the survivor and the accused's family outside a village temple ended up in the shooting incident, leading to the death of the survivor's father on way to hospital.

In a detailed statement on social media, the Hathras Police said Gaurav Sharma, the accused, was jailed for a month in 2018 after a molestation case was filed against him by the woman's father. He was granted bail by a local court after a month and had been out of the prison since then.

"The man who died had filed a case against Gaurav Sharma in July 2018 for molestation. The accused went to jail and got bail after a month. Since then, both families were hostile to each other. The wife and aunt of the main accused had gone to a village temple to pray where both daughters of this man were present. The women had an argument. The accused - Gaurav Sharma - and the woman's father intervened and the argument between the men intensified. After this, Gaurav flew into a rage and called some boys form his family to the scene and shot at the man," Hathras Police chief Vineet Jaiswal said in a video statement released on Twitter.

One person, a family member of Gaurav Sharma, has so far been arrested in the case. 

Videos shot by local journalists on Monday showed the survivor crying outside a police station and demanding justice. 

"Please give me justice... please give me justice. First, he molested me and now he has shot my father. He had come to our village. There were six-seven people. My father had no enmity against anyone. His name is Gaurav Sharma," she is heard saying.

In September last year, a 20-year-old Dalit woman was raped by four men from the so-called upper caste community in Hathras in an incident that had shocked the entire nation. 

She later died due to her injuries at a hospital in Delhi. Police had come under widespread criticism over the handling of the case and a late-night funeral of the victim where the family said they were not allowed.

The four accused in the case have been charged for gang-rape and murder after an investigation by the CBI. The CBI has also invoked charges against the accused under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.