In Unnao rape case, the main accused, BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar was shifted from the Unnao jail to Sitapur jail, on Tuesday. Mr Sengar was shifted after a court order following the rape survivor’s appeal in the Allahabad High Court, alleging she was feeling threatened. The teenager told the court that she was satisfied with the CBI probe but she had doubts about the role of the police. She alleged the jailed legislator was having a free run inside the prison and she feared for her life and the security of her family. Shashi Singh, who is a co-accused in the rape case that took place in Bangarmau in 2017, has also been moved to Sitapur jail. Atul Singh, the lawmaker’s brother, and four other co-accused are still lodged in Unnao jail. A CBI team, probing the high-profile case, took the accused to Sitapur jail.
The CBI has registered three cases against Mr Sengar for rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation.
On April 16, the girl’s statement was recorded amid tight security in the chamber of special CBI magistrate Sapna Tripathi. Later, while responding to a media query, Ms Tripathi said “justice would be done”.
The Unnao rape case came to light after a 16-year-old girl attempted suicide outside the residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on April 8. She tried to kill herself after her 55-year-old father, who was allegedly beaten by BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar’s brother Atul Singh, died.
There was nationwide outcry with the civil society demanding justice for the teenager. Unnao and Kathua rape cases have provoked the biggest displays of public anger since the 2012 case of gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi.
(With inputs from IANS, ANI)