In a shocking turn of events, the 19-year old Unnao rape victim, on Sunday, has met with an accident in Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli, as per sources.
Sources report that her condition is critical and her car was involved in an accident. Her aunt has reportedly died on the spot, while her lawyer who was accompanying the Unnao rape victim is also in critical condition. One other person has also reportedly lost his/her life in the accident.
The family was allegedly visiting the Unnao rape victim's uncle, who is currently in Raebareli jail. The police are currently investigating the circumstance under which the accident has occurred. Sources also report that a truck had allegedly hit the victim's car, and the truck driver has allegedly fled from the site.
Earlier in April 2018, a case was registered against Unnao rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar under section 363, 366, 376, 506 and Pocso Act of Indian Penal Code and was sent to jail. Sengar along with his brother Atul Singh is in jail since then.
The 17-year-old victim was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on 4 June 2017. After accusing him, in April 2018, the victim had attempted to self-immolate before the Uttar Pradesh chief minister's residence.
Following that, her father was assaulted, allegedly by the rape-accused BJP MLA's brother Atul Singh Sengar. Before succumbing to his injuries, the victim's father had named Atul Singh Sengar as his assaulter in video testimony.
Sengar's formal arrest was immediately preceded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi breaking his silence on the Unnao and Kathua rape cases and assuring that the government of India would fulfill its duty by going to any lengths to ensure justice for the rape victims and the strictest of punishments for the culprits.
The Unnao rape case and the Kathua rape case received national attention during the same period, leading to joint protests seeking justice for both victims. While three Kathua rape case convicts have received life imprisonment, the Unnao rape case is still pending trial.