In the Unnao rape case incident, an FIR has been registered against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of Bangarmau district under Sections 363, 366, 376, 506 and POSCO Act, confirms Police SO Rajesh Singh.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT), on April 11 midnight, headed by Lucknow Additional Director General of Police Rajeev Krishna submitted its report to the government. Earlier in the afternoon, the SIT team had visited the victim’s Makhi village and assured security for their protection. The content of the report is yet not known but reports say that the SIT has held Sengar guilty of conspiracy that led to the death of victim’s father.
Victim’s uncle said, “Yes, we are happy that finally an FIR has been registered against Kuldeep Singh Sengar . Had this been done much earlier, my brother (victim’s father) would be alive today… still, let’s see if he will be arrested or not. I have been demanding CBI inquiry from the start. In case the SIT arrests the accused till evening, some faith in the administration will be restored. We will not go to Delhi until a decision is taken in this case. ”
In an interview to a news organisation, the rape survivor, who has accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of sexually assaulting her, said the incident took place on June 4, 2017, when she was 16 years old. On that day, Sengar reportedly called her home, took her to his room and raped her, while accomplices sat outside the door.
“I screamed. I knew people were sitting outside in the corridor, but no one came to help me. After raping me, he asked me to leave and straightaway return home,” she told a news organisation, adding that Sengar wiped her tears and said he would get her a good job. He also allegedly threatened to kill her father and four-year-old brother if she filed a complaint.
BJP MLA from Bairia district Surendra Singh Singh, while defending his brother made a bizarre statement that no one can rape a mother of three children.
“I am speaking from psychological point of view; no one can rape a mother of three children. It is not possible, this is a conspiracy against him (Kuldeep Singh Sengar),” said Surendra Singh.
The Allahabad High Court on April 11 taken a suo motu cognisance of the matter and decided to take up the matter for hearing on April 12. The court had also ordered not to cremate the victim’s father body.
Days before the death of the victim’s father, in a purported video that had gone viral, he was shown mercilessly beaten up by the MLA’s brother and others, including with rifle butts. It also showed the deceased person’s back with serious wounds, but its veracity could not be ascertained.
The video was reportedly shot on April 3 when he was taken to the hospital. He succumbed to his wounds on April 9.
In the video, the girl’s father is heard saying: “Vidhayak ke bhai ne maara hai. Police khadi rahi… maarte rahe. Police ne bachaya bhi nahi humko… bahut maara. Kuldeep ka bhai Atul Singh aur uske saath they chaar… Police khadi thi police bachayi nahi humko…. Maar ke jab adhmara kar diya tab humko yahan laaye (The MLA’s brother beat me up. The police were standing there while they kept beating me. Police did not rescue me… I was badly beaten. Kuldeep’s (Sengar) brother Atul and there were four others with him. The police did not help me. When I was half-dead, they brought me here),” according to media reports.
Meanwhile, reacting to the case, BJP leader Deepti Bhardwaj expressed, “No one is greater than Amit Shah in BJP and that’s why I thought I should inform him what has disgraced our party. This is a failure of UP govt because we fought for women’s respect but risked it just for saving image of an influential person. ”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi Gandhi tweeted, “The barbarism inflicted on a father seeking justice for his daughter in UP has shamed humanity. Hope the PM will soon observe a fast over atrocities against women, failed law and order and increasing anarchy under the BJP’s watch.”