CBI has corroborated the survivor’s charge that BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar raped her at his home while the Police had kept the names of the local MLA and a few others out of the FIR filed on June 20
Team Prabuddh Bharat
A probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Unnao gang rape case has confirmed the survivor’s charge of sexual assault by the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The legislator raped the girl at his home in Makhi, Uttar Pradesh, on June 4, 2017, while his female accomplice, Shashi Singh, stood guard outside the room, reported the Times of India.
Sources said police had kept the names of the local MLA and a few others out of the FIR filed on June 20 (as well as out of the charge sheet later filed), even though the victim consistently named them among those who assaulted her.
The central agency has recorded the survivor’s statement before a magistrate under CrPC Section 164, in which she has“stood by” her allegations. Statements recorded under CrPC Section 164 are admissible in court as evidence.
The police, a CBI officer informed, had also delayed the girl’s medical examination and didn’t send the vaginal swab or her clothes to the forensic laboratory. “This was all deliberate and in connivance with the accused persons,” he added.
The Unnao rape case, recently grabbing media headlines alongside the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu’s Kathua district, has seen several twists and turns.
On April 5 this year, following a complaint filed by his daughter’s alleged rapists, her father Pappu Singh, was remanded to judicial custody. On April 8, he was rushed to the district hospital after complaining of severe stomach pain. He died the following morning, prompting the woman and her family to charge that he was “killed at the behest of the BJP MLA” inside the jail so that he wouldn’t cause more trouble.
The incident occurred a day after the woman and a few other family members attempted to commit suicide outside the house of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow, in a bid to propel him to take action against the alleged rapists. The victim also named Sengar’s brother as one of her rapists. The immolation bid was, however, foiled by the police.
On April 10, Atul Singh Sengar, the brother of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was arrested in Unnao. On April 13, the CBI registered three separate cases in connection with the alleged rape of a minor girl by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in Unnao district and detained him for questioning. At the request of the Uttar Pradesh government, the agency took over the investigation into the three cases.
Describing the sequence of events in 2017, as established by the CBI based on the survivor’s statement and independent investigation, an agency source said, “The girl was raped on June 4 by the MLA after she was brought to his house by Shashi Singh on the pretext of providing her a job. Between June 4 and June 10, the girl didn’t speak as she had been threatened. On June 11, she was abducted by three persons — Shubham Singh, Awadh Narayan, and Brijesh Yadav. From June 11 till 19, the girl was kept mostly in an SUV and repeatedly gang-raped by these three while on the move.”