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Intervention of SC in the Unnao Rape Case
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Intervention of SC in the Unnao Rape Case

This case is about the Unnao rape case survivor, who has been fighting her battle since 17th June 2017.  The horrific rape of a 17-year-old was allegedly orchestrated by a Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) MLA - Kuldeep Singh Sengar. 

The facts of the case are as follows:

  1. The victim was gang-raped by the BJP leader and his acquaintances on 17th June 2017, when she went to his house on the promise that they will help her to get a job.
  2. When the girl did not return home, the family of the girl filed a missing complaint.
  3. She was found on 20th June 2017 where a case was registered for ‘kidnapping’ and ’kidnapping a woman to compel her for marriage’ under the appropriate provisions of the IPC. However, the registered case did not mention the name of the accused MLA. Allegedly, the accused and her family were thrown out of the police station when they named the accused.
  4. The local police were highly influenced by the Sengar family and hence despite several attempts made by the victim to get her case registered against the accused. For this purpose, she repeatedly wrote letters to the chief minister and the senior police officers of the state.
  5. The victim’s mother finally approached the Chief Judicial Magistrate to lodge an FIR against the MLA. In showcasing proof of the poor judicial system of our country, the victim and her family started receiving death threats instead of availing protection.
  6. Meanwhile, the victim’s father was seriously beaten up by the MLA’s brother. However, on 4th April 2018, he was the one who was arrested and not the brother of the MLA.
  7. Amidst all of this, the victim threatened to kill herself in front of Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow as she was trying to file a complaint since a year but had no assistance from the local police and leaders.
  8. On 9th April 2018, the victim’s father dies in police custody due to multiple injuries. 
  9. Finally, the MLA’s brother is arrested for thrashing the victim’s father.
  10. After several attempts, Adityanath’s government woke up from their slumber and ordered an investigation into the rape case and her father’s custodial death. Consequently, a case is registered against the MLA.
  11. The Uttar Pradesh government transfers the investigation to the CBI, on questioning the local police as to why the MLA was not arrested; the State’s police chief questioned back that why should the MLA be arrested if his name is now mentioned in the FIR.
  12. After a year-long battle, the CBI arrests the MLA along with Shashi Singh, the woman who allegedly took the victim to the MLA and stood guard outside the door as he raped her.
  13. In a bizarre turn of events, the residents of Unnao carried out a rally in support of the MLA, stating that this was all a part of a political conspiracy.
  14. CBI filed a charge sheet against the MLA and 9 other accused, and an investigation was held in the murder of the key witness in the victim’s father’s murder. 
  15. The family of the victim is continuously harassed by the accused. On 4th July 2019, the survivor’s uncle is sentenced to ten years in jail for a two-decade-old attempt to murder case filed by the MLA’s brother.
  16. On 28th July 2019, The survivor’s car is hit by a truck whose registration plate is scrubbed out. The woman’s two aunts succumb to their injuries. She and her lawyer, Mahendra Singh, are in a critical condition.
  17. Finally, the plea of the victim is heard by the CJI, and the Supreme Court transferred the trial of this case along with the above accident case to Delhi, from the CBI court in Lucknow. 
  18. The Supreme Court ordered the lower court to complete the hearing in 45 days from the date of submission and to hold a day-to-day hearing considering the urgency of the matter.
  19. Court ordered an interim compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the rape victim, who is battling for her life.

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