A four-year-old girl was reportedly killed by her own father in Uttar Pradesh after she failed to cover while having her lunch.

The enraged father "slammed the child to ground again and again, till she died", according to a report. 

The Hindustan Times reported that the incident took place on 2 October in a village near Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

The report says that the girl was having her lunch when the shawl covering her head fell off. She forgot to put it back and this enraged her father -- Jafar Hussain -- so much that he picked her up and flung her to the ground.

He kept repeating his action till the child died. Later he asked his wife to bury the girl inside the house. However, his wife reported the incident to the police.

The police arrested Hussein. According to his neighbours, he was always a bit eccentric and fanatical about his Muslim faith. Some neighoburs also said that they felt that he was mentally unstable, the Bhojipura police said.

Brijesh Srivastava, Superintendent of Police (Rural) told PTI that the accused father "first batted the child and then threw her on the ground". She died on the spot, Srivastava added.