Delhi’s Tis Hazari court convicts ex-BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar in Unnao Rape case

Kuldeep Sengar

Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court on Monday convicted expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao Rape case.

The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on December 19.

In May last year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had found Sengar guilty of rape in the case.

On the 4th of June 2017, the victim, a minor girl from Unnao was lured to the MLA’s house by the MLA’s female accomplice Shashi Singh under the pretext of a job. There she was raped and threatened not to speak about the attack.

On the 11th of June, the girl was abducted by three people and repeatedly gang-raped in an SUV by three people.

The girl and her family alleged that despite repeatedly going to the police to file an FIR, they were turned away, they filed a missing person report when she was abducted on the 11th of June.

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On the 21st the girl was found and brought back to Unnao and her statement recorded under CrPC Section 164 in front of the court on the 22nd.

The girl’s father was arrested by the MLA and his family when a fight broke out in April this year. He died in a hospital after being allegedly beaten by Sengar’s brother and his aides.

The CBI in its report mentioned that the local police were at fault as they did not mention Sengar’s name or those of the other accused even though they were mentioned many times by the girl. The police also allegedly delayed the survivor’s medical examination and did not send clothes or her vaginal swab to the forensic laboratory.

Her complaint was only registered after she staged a protest outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence and tried to set herself on fire.

The case had sparked many protests across the nation. Finally, justice has been delivered.

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