The father of a 14-year-old girl in India invited her alleged rapist to dinner, then killed him, the Indian Express reported.
Furious after learning his daughter was pregnant, he fed the 45-year-old rape suspect before torturing him. When he realized the man was dead, he surrendered himself to police.
The 36-year-old father told police that two months ago, while he was away from his shop, the medicine supplier had come to his house. When he found the girl alone at home, the father said, the man raped her. The supplier threatened her, but she told her father the same day, police said.
The father said when he asked the man why he had raped the girl, he responded with “offensive language.”
Online commenters on the Indian Express website overwhelmingly sympathized with the father, some calling him a hero, and many others suggesting his method was the only way to end the widespread occurrence of rape in the country.
“What he did mayn’t be easy to judge, but castrating the rapist is good given apathy of Indian Judicial system,” one commenter wrote.
Another wrote: “Should one rejoice at the elimination of such an animal or uphold the so called rule of law? Given the way the justice system functions esp in India, I’ll go with ridding such animals swiftly and mercilessly. Can we help the father in his legal defense?”
The incident comes after years of public debate and protest over the Indian government’s handling of rapes.
The death of a young woman who was beaten and gang-raped on a moving bus in December 2012 sent thousands to the streets in protest. Politicians vowed rape victims would no longer be shamed and the judicial system promised rapists would no longer be able to blame their victims.
Despite increased sentences for rape convictions, the 2013 rape of a five-year-old girl led protesters to call for harsher penalties.
Tougher laws against rape, increased media focus on sexual violence, and new police units dedicated to helping women suggested progress, the Christian Science Monitor said.
But the brutal gang rape and hanging of two cousins in May showed India has a long way to go to overcome the problem.
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