Delhi court on Monday convicted expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping a teenaged girl in Unnao in 2017, saying the victim's testimony was “truthful and unblemished” against a “powerful person”.
The court found Sengar guilty of rape under the Indian Penal Code and the Pocso Act for an offense committed against a child by a public servant committing penetrative sexual harassment. The court will hear on Wednesday's sentence's quanum arguments. The offenses involve maximum life imprisonment punishment.
Nevertheless, District Judge Dharmesh Sharma acquitted Shashi Singh co-accused of all charges.
Convicting Sengar, 53, under the Act on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (Pocso), the court stated that the CBI had shown that the victim was a minor and that he was properly charged under the special law.
“I found her statement truthful and unblemished that she was sexually assaulted. She was under threat, worried. She is a village girl, not from cosmopolitan educated area.… Sengar was powerful person. So she took her time…,” the judge said while reading out the verdict.
When the judge started pronouncing the verdict, co-accused Singh fainted.
The court noted that after the victim wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, several criminal cases were filed against her family and “imprints of Sengar” were visible in them.
The court expressed surprise over the delay by the CBI in filing the chargesheet in the rape case and said it prolonged trial against Sengar and others. The court pulled up the CBI for the absence of women officer in conducting the probe “without bothering for the kind of harassment, anguish and re-victimisation that occurs for a victim of sexual assault”.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-12-18 2:23 PM