Calling it an end to the accusations that the ruling BJP party is sheltering the accused, Delhi court convicted the ex-BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on Monday for raping a woman in Unnao in 2017. In the sensational case which shook the nation, District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma stated that the victim’s testimony was truthful and unblemished and further pronounced Sengar as guilty for rape under Indian Penal Code and POCSO Act.
The accused was convicted for the offence of a public servant committing penetrative sexual assault against a child. The court has also framed charges against co-accused Shashi Singh who fainted in the court after the judgement. The court has framed charges against Sengar and Singh under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping or inducing a woman to compel for marriage), 376 (rape) and other relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The victim(19) was allegedly kidnapped and raped by Sengar in 2017. He was arrested in April last year, days after the girl threatened to set herself ablaze in front of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home in Lucknow. The BJP leader was later expelled from the party in August 2019. The case later took many twists and turns with a series of deaths of victim’s family members in an accident. Her father was allegedly framed in an illegal arms case and arrested on April 3, 2018. He died in judicial custody a few days later, on April 9. The woman and her family are provided CRPF security as per the top court’s orders.