- The woman's daughter was allegedly molested by 6 men in 2018
- The accused are believed to be same men involved in molestation case
- Police say they arrested three men allegedly responsible for the assault
A 40-year-old woman whose teenage daughter was allegedly molested by six men in 2018 died at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur on Friday evening, 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.
Four of the six murder accused - Abid, Mintu, Mahboob, Chaand Babu, Jameel and Firoz - were arrested in 2018 after they were accused of molesting the 13-year-old girl, but all of them got bail from a local court.
Last Thursday, the men barged into the home of the minor girl and asked the family to withdraw the case, police said. When the family refused, they were badly beaten up, and the girl's mother and another woman relative had both been admitted to a city hospital.
A five-second video shot from the terrace of the family's home last Thursday - it is not clear by whom - shows a woman in a red kurta lying on the ground as a man dressed in a white kurta and trousers kicks her face. Other visuals from last Thursday show the family in a Kanpur hospital with policemen surrounding them.
The Kanpur police say they arrested five men allegedly responsible for the assault in the last week. One of them was arrested after a police encounter. The cops say they are still looking out for thee other accused.
"Prima facie I would not say the policemen at the local thana were negligent, but if were are given such a complaint, we will investigate that too," said Anant Deo, Kanpur's police chief.