BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping an 18-year-old girl, is a four-term lawmaker from Bangarmau
The uproar over the death in custody of the father of an 18-year-old girl who alleged she had been raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar saw the UP police arresting Atul Singh, the MLA’s brother. Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on the mysterious death of a rape victim’s father in police custody in Unnao, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a detailed report. The NHRC has said the allegations, if true, raise serious issues of violation of human rights of the victim’s family.
The Commission has issued a notice to the state’s Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, calling for a detailed report in the matter, including action taken against the delinquent police officials, who refused to register an FIR. It also expects from the DGP, an explanation for not communicating the custodial death to the Commission within 24 hours.
“All the reports, including health screening report of the deceased at the time of his admission in the jail and medical treatment provided by the jail authorities, are to be sent. They have been given four weeks to respond,” the NHRC said.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Uttar Pradesh Police set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into a girl’s accusations that she had been gang-raped by BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar and others and the subsequent death of her father in police custody. The girl’s father was being forced to withdraw the case against Sengar. Upon his refusal, he was picked up by police late on Sunday and was allegedly roughed up by Atul Singh and his aides while in custody. Taken to the hospital with 18 wounds and gashes, abdominal pain and vomiting, he died soon after.
Here are the top ten developments in the Unnao rape case and the custodial death of the victim’s father:
1. BJP MLA and UP cops family-ties come in the way of justice: The brother of Unnao gangrape victim’s father told Indian Express, “a police officer told them that they share family relations with BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and they cannot work under pressure from the administration and government so, we should go to court.”
2. Yogi Adityanath directs home department to ensure SIT probe: Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday directed the Home Department to ensure that Special Investigation Team (SIT) visits Unnao district tomorrow and give its first report by evening in connection with the custodial death of rape victim’s father.
3. Girl who alleged rape has to hide: Stopped by the police when they tried to immolate themselves last Sunday near the Chief Minister’s residence in Lucknow to protest police inaction. According to media reports, the family turned to Unnao District Magistrate Ravi Kumar NG for help. Reports said that he had arranged for their stay at a government guest house. However, the victim on Wednesday alleged, “the DM has confined me to a hotel room, they are not even serving me water. I just want the culprit to be punished.” She appealed to chief minister Yogi Adityanath to provide her justice.
Sangeeta Sengar, wife of accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar, met DGP OP Singh in Lucknow, says, ‘I have come to plead for justice for my husband.’
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