Delivering its verdict in the Unnao rape case, a court in Delhi has sentenced Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a party hopper who moved from the BSP to Samajwadi Party to the BJP only to be expelled from the third for his alleged involvement in a case of gang-rape, has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The court has imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Sengar, too.
Kuldeep Sanger stood with a namaste pose before the judge of the Tis Hazari Court as the latter read the verdict aloud. The court ordered the CBI to provide necessary protection to the victim and her family.
The court found Sengar guilty of kidnapping and rape. During the arguments on the sentence, the CBI had demanded maximum punishment from the court. On 16 December, the Tis Hazari court of Delhi had convicted Sengar under Section 376 and Section 6 of POCSO while the sentence was debated on 17 December. Earlier, the court had said that it did not want to make any decision in a hurry.
The Unnao rape case is replete with heinous conspiracy, murder and accidents. On 4 June 2017, a 17-year-old teenager with a woman came to meet Sengar, an MLA from Bangarmau in Unnao, seeking employment. The woman who went there with the teenager was named Shashi Singh. She was close to Sanger. Then suddenly one day the teenager revealed that she was raped by the MLA, after which this matter came to light.
Subsequently, legislator Sengar’s brother Atul thrashed the victim’s father brutally and then implicated him in false cases under a conspiracy and sent him to the police station where the girl’s father was murdered. Atul was arrested much later in this case.
But even in the jail, MLA Sengar did not desist from his antics. He kept plotting against the victim and her family.
On 28 July 2019, while the victim was travelling with her uncle, aunt and lawyer in her car in connection with the case, a truck hit their car on a highway. The family of the victim was wiped out in that incident while the victim and her lawyer were seriously injured.
Sengar was booked for murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation. In the FIR, 10 people, including Sengar’s brother Manoj Singh Sengar, Shashi Singh and their associates, were named.