Former lawmaker from India’s ruling party found guilty of rape

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was a legislator in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, will be sentenced on Tuesday. He has always denied the charges.

The victim, who was 17 at the time and cannot be named under Indian law, alleged in 2018 that Sengar, a local lawmaker in her district, attacked her the previous year.

She says that she was taken to his home on June 4, 2017 on the pretext of being hired for a job. The woman says she was then repeatedly gang-raped at the property over several days.

From the outset, the victim and her family repeatedly alleged intimidation by local police and threats from Sengar’s family. According to court documents, police officers allegedly picked up the girl on June 20, 2017 and, as they drove her to the police station, repeatedly threatened violence against her father if she spoke out.

Widespread anger

After the family filed a complaint in April 2018, the girl’s father was assaulted — allegedly by associates of Sengar. He later died of his injuries.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) also filed charges against five people for murder, rioting, voluntarily causing hurt, breaching peace, and criminal intimidation in relation to the April 2018 incident.

In a bid to draw attention to her case, the girl attempted to set herself on fire outside the residence of the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, but was stopped by onlookers.

The wreckage of the car the woman was traveling in when it collided with a truck in northern Uttar Pradesh in July.

In July, the girl was severely injured in a road accident after the car she was in collided with a truck in northern…

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