Delhi court sentenced BJP MP Kuldeep Singh Sengar to life imprisonment following his conviction in the 2017 Unnao rape case. District judge Dharmesh Sharma also fined 25 lakh rupees in fines in the case and must be paid within one month. Sengar was also asked to pay a fine of 25 lakh rupees to the victim outside the life sentence. The CBI had previously requested life imprisonment for the former BJP deputy, saying it was a fight for justice for an individual against the system. Counsel for CBI and the complainant in the case requested a maximum sentence for Sengar, saying that the court should take into account the long ordeal faced by the victim. The victim’s lawyer also supported the CBI’s observations and further requested sufficient financial compensation for the rape victim.
The Unnao woman was kidnapped and raped by Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor. The rape complaint, was not registered until after attempting to immolate herself outside the official residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. She took an extreme step after her father was allegedly beaten by Sengar’s brother Atul Sengar, taken to prison instead of hospital, even though he was seriously injured and died two days later in custody. The case was revealed after a video clip showing Atul Sengar beating the father went viral on social media. On July 28 of this year, the rape victim was seriously injured after the car in which she was traveling was hit by a truck. Two of her aunts were killed in the accident and she and her lawyer were seriously injured. The family alleged a criminal act in the accident.
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On August 9, the court issued charges against the Sengar and Shashi Singh under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 363 (abduction), 366 (abduction or incitement of a woman to force marriage), 376 (rape ) of the IPC and other relevant articles of the POCSO Act.