In a major breakthrough in the Unnao Rape Case, Delhi High Court judge arrived at Delhi's AIIMS hospital on Monday to record the statement of the survivor. The survivor was allegedly raped by former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The teen has been in AIIMS since July after the Supreme Court in a special hearing ordered the Uttar Pradesh Police to airlift the survivor. The SC has ordered to complete the trial of the Unnao rape case within 45 days.
Supreme Court directs Uttar Pradesh government to airlift Unnao rape survivor for treatment at AIIMS
In July, the Unnao rape survivor, her mother, her two aunts and her lawyer were travelling when they were hit by a over-speeding truck in Rae Bareli. While her two aunts lost their lives, her alwyer and she was critically injured. The rape survivor's family had then filed a complaint alleging conspiracy behind the accident. Taking cognisance of the case, The Supreme Court in its special hearing a week after the accident framed charges against the accused under POSCO Act Sections 120 b (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping or inducing a woman to compel for marriage), 376 (rape). Pleading not guilty, Sengar in the court had then said that he is being targeted because he is an elected representative. The apex court also shifted the five cases connected with the Unnao rape case to Delhi, assigned a special judge for day-to-day trial and ordered that the trial be completed within 45 days. The court also ordered central security for the family.
In June 2017, the 17-year-old rape survivor was allegedly raped by now expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. After accusing him in April 2018, the survivor had attempted to self-immolate before the Uttar Pradesh chief minister's residence in her bid for justice. Following that, her father was assaulted, allegedly by the rape-accused BJP MLA's brother Atul Singh Sengar and the rape accused. Before succumbing to his injuries, the victim's father had named Atul Singh Sengar as his assaulter in video testimony. 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 he was sent to jail. Sengar along with his brother Atul Singh is in jail since then.
The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Boseon on August 19 granted two more weeks' time to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the ongoing investigation. the investigation pertains to the road accident case in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer have sustained critical injuries. The move was taken in response to CBI's application seeking four more weeks on the ground that the statements of the rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded so far. The bench had also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5 lakh to the lawyer, who is in a critical condition.