A Delhi court on Wednesday convicted former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the death case of Unnao rape victim’s father.
District judge Dharmesh Sharma said Sengar had no intention of killing the victim’s father. “He was beaten in a brutal manner that led to his death,” the judge said. The judge also called the doctors who treated the victim’s father as ‘butchers’.
On August 13 last year, the court had charged Sengar, along with his brother Atul Sengar, three policemen and five others with the murder of the victim’s father. Later in December 2019, Sengar was pronounced guilty of abducting and raping the victim, who was a minor in 2017.
The rape survivor’s father was assaulted and framed in a case of illegal firearms possession by the MLA and his aides. He died on April 9, 2018, while in judicial custody. This came after a day the victim tried to set herself ablaze near Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow to protest alleged police inaction against the MLA, whom she accused of sexually assaulting her.
Unnao Police said the woman’s family had alleged that two youths from their village had kidnapped her on June 11, 2017, and that a case had been registered on June 20 that year. Based on the woman’s statement, three men, Shubham Singh, Naresh Tiwari, and Brijesh Yadav, were arrested for gangrape and offences under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The victim had then revealed that the mother of accused Shubham Singh had taken her to Sengar’s residence, where he had assaulted her sexually.
Subsequently, it emerged that the woman’s father had been arrested on the same day as the incident took place, while the four aides of the MLA were arrested only after he died in jail.
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