Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

Woman tells court BSP MP Dhananjay Singh did not rape her

Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: April 4, 2014 8:52 pm

The rape case against BSP MP Dhananjay Singh on Friday took a new turn with the alleged victim telling a Delhi court that she was not sexually assaulted by the politician.

According to sources, the 42-year-old woman told Additional Sessions Judge Sarita, during an in-camera proceeding, that no harm was was done to her by Singh and he did not rape her.

Friday’s testimony, however, is contrary to the woman’s earlier statements before the police and a magistrate in which she had said she was repeatedly raped by Singh for nearly four years.

The woman, a railway employee, was deposed as a prosecution witness before the court which commenced the trial in the case. Recording of her statement would continue on Saturday.

In the charge sheet against Singh in the rape case, the police alleged that he had repeatedly raped the woman between July 2005 and March 2009.

Referring to the complaint filed by the woman, the police had alleged the victim was raped several times by Singh at gunpoint and was threatened with dire consequences if she reported the matter.

The woman said during her deposition that she had lodged the complaint against Singh, a sitting MP from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, as he used to interfere in her matrimonial life and her husband had sent her divorce papers in 2009 due to which she was disturbed, sources said.

She also said she does not want to depose anything against Singh and she had made her statement before the magistrate under the pressure of her relatives.

Singh has been facing trial under various provisions of IPC relating to rape, voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation.

The complaint was filed against Singh by the woman after the MP and his wife Jagriti Singh, a dental surgeon at a government hospital here, were arrested last November in connection with their maid’s murder in which a chargesheet was recently filed.

The police had said the woman’s husband was a businessman and was known to Singh and through him, she had first met the accused in February 2005.

The woman said in her testimony that she regarded Singh as her brother-in-law and her husband was jobless which led to matrimonial dispute between them.

She said her husband used to continuously fight with her and Singh was behind the divorce notice given by her husband.

In its charge sheet, the police has arraigned 13 persons, including three doctors, as prosecution witnesses.

The chargesheet was filed against Singh for offences under various penal provisions of IPC, including 376(2)(h) (rape knowing that a woman is pregnant) and 376 (2)(n) (repeatedly raping the same woman), 377 (unnatural offence), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

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