LUCKNOW || Amid gloom over growing cases of rape and crimes against women, some ray of hope came on Monday as the Tees Hazari court held Bangarmau legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar guilty of raping a minor girl two years ago. Sengar was sometime back expelled from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The judge Dharmesh Sharma praised the rape survivor for “fighting against a powerful person” and slammed the foisting of false cases against her family. The judge also questioned the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over delays in filing a chargesheet.
Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday with the maximum possible punishment being life imprisonment. A second accused – Shashi Singh, who was accused of taking the rape survivor to Kuldeep Singh Sengar – has been acquitted.
Sharma heard the case on a day-to-day basis from August 5 after it was transferred to Delhi from a Lucknow court on the directions of the Supreme Court.
The rape complaint after many failed attempts to get the FIR registered by the local police was only registered after she went public last year, staging a protest outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow and threat of self-immolation by the family that the matter came under public limelight.
She took the desperate step after her father was allegedly framed in an illegal arms case and arrested on April 3 last year. He died while in judicial custody a few days later, on April 9.
The young girl had earlier written to the Supreme Court alleging grave danger to her life and those of her family members. The letter related incidents between July 7 and 8, when some people allegedly associated with Sengar threatened her family.