Monday, December 16, 2019

Expelled MLA Kuldeep Singh convicted in Rape charges

A Delhi Court today convicted expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the 2017 Unnao rape case.The Court has convicted Sengar for commission of offences under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 5(c) and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The order was passed this afternoon by District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma.
However, the Court acquitted co-accused, Shashi Singh, after extending her the benefit of doubt.
The Court stated that the prosecution has successfully proved that the rape survivor was minor and that she was sexually assaulted by Sengar.
While convicting Sengar, the Court rejected Sengar's alibi that he was not present at the place of the crime. The Court observed that as per Sengar's mobile record, he was at such a distance from crime scene which was "easily coverable". The Court also rejected the defence objections that the crime was reported much later and that it was orchestrated by the survivor's uncle. The Court observed that the survivor did not "utter any word" in view of the threat to her life and her family.
The trial in the case was held in-camera. The matter would be taken up next on December 17 on the point of sentencing.
The Unnao rape survivor, a minor, was allegedly kidnapped and raped by Sengar between June 11-20, 2017. She was then sold for Rs. 60,000, after which she was recovered at the Maakhi police station.
The survivor was thereafter continuously threatened and warned by the police officials against speaking, as instructed by Sengar.
After running from pillar to post, an FIR finally came to be recorded against Sengar under Sections 363, 366, 376, 506 IPC and 3/4 of the POCSO Act in April 2018. The Allahabad High Court even ordered the arrest of Sengar for the alleged rape of the 15-year-old survivor in 2017.

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