Rape accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar who is currently in jail and is facing tial has now been expelled from his party, the BJP. The move comes amid strong criticisms from different corners for keeping a rape accused in the party.
The BJP’s move, described by critics as a year in coming, comes days after the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically wounded and two of her relatives were killed in a car crash on Sunday involving a speeding truck that had its number plate painted black. The girl is still critical and on the ventilator, a hospital said today in its latest update.
Earlier, many opposition party leaders had slammed the BJP for not taking action against the suspended Bangarmau MLA who has been jailed since 2018 in relation to the case. However, the BJP has finally expelled Sengar from the party.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had booked Kuldeep Singh Sengar and 10 others on murder charges in the accident case of 19-year-old Unnao rape survivor.
Soon after the FIR was filed, a team of officers from the CBI’s Lucknow unit reached the Gurubakshganj area of Rae Bareli, where the accident occurred.
The FIR was registered on a complaint by Mahesh Singh, the victim’s uncle who is currently lodged in a prison in Rae Bareli.
The rape survivor’s family also alleged that the family has been under constant pressure from the kin of Sengar after he was suspended from the party. Mahesh Singh even alleged that Sengar’s kin had been threatening to kill the entire family if the case against him was not withdrawn.
In an open letter written on 17 August 2017 to the Chief Minister of Uttar Paradesh, Yogi Adityanath, the Unnao victim stated that she had been raped in the house of Kuldeep Singh Sengar on 4 June 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
The complaint said that she had entered the house seeking Sengar’s assistance in finding employment. Her statement was recorded by the police on 22 June 2017; but the police did not allow her to name her assailant. On 5 April 2018 the woman’s father was arrested and placed in judicial custody, allegedly after he was assaulted by supporters of Sengar. A medical examination found injuries consistent with his having been beaten.
He stated that Sengar’s brother Atul Sengar had led the assault; no action was taken in response to this complaint at that time. Four days later, the victim attempted to immolate herself in front of the residence of Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, stating that the police had taken no action against the accused. A day later, on 9 April, her father died in hospital of his injuries, leading to the arrest of Atul Sengar, and the suspension of six police officers.
The death and the immolation attempt led to widespread outrage, after which a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against Sengar. The state government handed the case over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.