BJP lawmaker arrested in India rape case as outrage mounts over assaults
Apr 15 2018 by Desiree Burns
Meanwhile, a special court in Lucknow yesterday sent the MLA, to a seven-day CBI custody.
Singh then allegedly stood guard at the door while Sengar raped the girl, the family's initial complaint to police stated.
According to the postmortem report, the father was not given proper treatment at the judicial custody.
After massive public outrage over the inaction by the police, the case was finally handed over to the CBI on April 12.
The MLA said the he will openly sit with the people protesting in demand of transfer of case to the CBI, adding, "What is wrong in it?" It also directed the CBI to provide a status report to the court by May 2.
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The Uttar Pradesh government's brazen attempt to shield BJP's Unnao legislator and rape accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar caused huge embarrassment to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. She has also alleged in the FIR filed in this case that Shashi Singh was present at the spot when the incident happened.
A team of officers from CBI visited Unnao's Makhi village where Kuldeep Singh Sengar allegedly raped her on June 4, spoke to the victim's family, witnesses and officials of the hospital where the victim and her father were taken for treatment.
Amid a political storm over the former ministers' remarks at the rally, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav, who flew in to Jammu on Saturday morning, said the two leaders were sent to Kathua to pacify agitating locals. They also felt that but for the high court's intervention, the all powerful MLA would have gone scot-free, especially since he enjoyed such blatant patronage of the state. He said, "Some goons of Kuldeep Sengar (accused BJP MLA) are threatening villagers to keep quiet".
Pointing out that the BJP rule in the state had become "Ravana Rajya" for women, Dalits and farmers, the party said there was a 33 per cent increase in crime against women in Uttar Pradesh - from 33,728 cases in 2016-17 to 44,936 in 2017-18. PM Narendra Modi, charged for being silent on the issue, broke his silence on the two cases on Friday when he said justice for the victims would be delivered.