'India Ashamed': Outrage grows over ruling party lawmaker accused of rape

Elias Hubbard
July 30, 2019

The two women who died were the survivor's aunts, as confirmed by Additional Director General of Police, Lucknow zone, Rajeev Krishna.

The victim accused Sengar of rape in 2017 and tried to set herself on fire outside state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence in April 2018 to draw his attention to her plight, when police did not open a case against the influential legislator for a year.

Mahesh Singh, uncle of the rape survivor, has alleged in his complaint that the security personnel allotted to the rape survivor were passing on information about the family's whereabouts to the accused BJP MLA. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a leader of the main opposition Congress party, asked on Twitter. Sengar, a member of the Legislative Assembly, has been charged with criminal conspiracy, abduction of minor, rape, and threat and is now in jail. "Why is the BJP MLA still in the BJP?" Why the lack in security to the victim and witnesses?

The incident happened at around 1 pm on Sunday, July 28, when the victim was travelling to Raebareli and the truck was on its way to Lalganj in Uttar Pradesh.

Modi, who has repeatedly cited women's issues as a priority for his government, including schemes to promote education and hygiene, has been silent on the case.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned if there was a "conspiracy of murder" behind the incident. The horrifying developments of the case, including the shocking wiping-out of those involved in the case and the recent suspicious "accident", have led to a huge public outcry.

When the kin of the victim complained, her father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3, 2018, and put in jail after two days.

"Citing a line from an Urdu poem, Surjewala added: "[Chief Minister] Adityanath ji, my murderer is my judge, will he rule in my favour?"

Mayawati, a former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and leader of a major regional political party, said the ruling BJP was protecting Sengar, and asked the Supreme Court to intervene.

She said: We will fight for the girl to get justice.

He said that if the family of the victim demands a CBI inquiry into the case, the state government will hand it over to the investigating agency. "Our party's Rajya Sabha members will also raise it in the Upper House". Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma also said on Tuesday that Sengar had already been suspended from the party long ago.

However, the accident bears the signs of a conspiracy to murder the rape victim, her sister said. This slogan is a grim warning in this context, which involves a BJP lawmaker and party's state govt [government]. They were detained as they started marching towards the BJP office.

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