As the investigation gets underway, the teen said her father’s death had robbed her of hope, while police questioned ‘inconsistencies’ in her account.
Unnao: She says she knew the touch was not innocent when it first happened, at age 11. However, according to the Unnao teenager who has accused Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of rape, it took her a lot of time to wade through the confusion and fear, and speak up.
She did not know who to complain to and what to say, as the person who made her uncomfortable was someone with immense clout in their village, Maakhi, Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The man she referred to as ‘daddu’, the man her father worked for, the man who has been an MLA for over 15 years, and the one treated as the ‘almighty’.
He would reportedly stop her from going to school, claiming to protect her from “bad influences” and often locked her inside his room for hours. As she stepped out of his house, his men stalked her. Sick of the harassment, she finally dropped out in class 8. When she tried to confide in her mother, her complaints were dismissed. She was asked to keep quiet and bear with it.
On 4 June 2017, Sanger allegedly called her home, took her to his room and raped her, while an accomplice sat outside. She was 16. Although Sanger has dismissed the allegations as “baseless and a conspiracy to tarnish his image”, the teenager said it took a lot of courage for her to speak out against a man with such a strong political backing.
But now she wishes she hadn’t.
Death in custody
Her case made national headlines last weekend, when, alleging police inaction, she threatened to set herself on fire outside Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence.
Earlier in the month, her father was allegedly attacked by the MLA’s brother Atul and their associates to force the family to withdraw their complaint. The ensuing brawl spawned two police complaints, one by the teen’s family and the second by the alleged assaulters. However, while the father was arrested, the brother was reportedly not even booked.
A lot has happened since: The four-term MLA has claimed innocence; the Unnao teen’s father has died, allegedly of injuries sustained in the attack; the national spotlight on the case has led to Atul’s arrest for the alleged assault; and inquiries by a UP police special investigation team as well as a magistrate have been ordered in the matter.
However, as the investigation gets underway, the teen said her father’s death had robbed her of hope. “Police arrested my father instead of taking him to hospital, and he died in custody. I consider myself the loser in this battle,” she added. “I accept my defeat. I feel I should not have raised my voice against this man. At least my father would have been alive today.”
Sengar, whose ancestral house in Maakhi is a palatial bungalow, has been an MLA for 16 years, his current term as the BJP representative for Bangarmau being his fourth. He has switched between three parties since 2002, when he was elected the MLA for Nau Sadar on a BSP ticket. In 2007 and 2012, he was elected from Bangarmau and Bhagwantnagar, respectively, on an SP ticket.
Politics is virtually a family profession for the Sengars: The MLA’s mother Chinni Devi headed the gram panchayat for over 50 years; his wife Sangeeta is the Unnao zila adhyaksh; and his sister-in-law, Atul’s wife, the pradhan for Maakhi.
“He is very influential. He has held power through generations and no one questions him here,” said a local.
“He also runs a sand mining business and owns two ghats. However, he is re-elected each time because he listens to people’s demands and works for them,” the local added.
His brothers, however, are notorious troublemakers, especially for the alleged sexual harassment of local women, and face several criminal cases.
On 4 June, 2017, the teen said, Sengar invited her home with the promise of a job. When she arrived, she added, he took her to his room and raped her while an accomplice kept vigil outside.
“I screamed. I knew people were sitting outside in the corridor, but no one came to help me. After raping me, he asked me to leave and straightaway return home,” she said.
“I was crying. He wiped my tears and told me that he would get me a good job. When I told him I would file a complaint, he threatened to kill my father and four-year-old brother.
“I went back home and kept quiet,” she said, “I was in pain. My mother kept asking me if I was fine. My sisters asked me why I was not smiling, but I kept quiet.”
‘Abducted, sedated, gang-raped’
Seven days after the episode, she said, when she stepped out of her house to call a plumber, she was “abducted” by three men in an SUV. For the next nine days, she was allegedly kept intoxicated and gang-raped, and repeatedly moved to different locations.
“The men kept me on sedatives… Once I even tried to flee, but I was caught and sedated again. The men then took turns to rape me,” she said. “I recognised two of them as Sengar’s men as I had seen them around his house.”
She added that the trio had also tried to “sell her off”. “One of the men had struck a deal with a man to sell me off for Rs 60,000. However, they could not as police had started looking for them,” she added.
After her mother reported her missing, police launched a search for her. When the abductors came to know police were on their trail, they dropped her back. A case was subsequently filed on 20 June and the three suspected assailants — Shubham Singh, Brijesh Yadav and Awadh Narayan — were arrested.
The teenager’s mother said she had, from the beginning, alleged abduction, but police didn’t register a case, treating it as a missing person’s complaint. “They said she must have eloped with someone and asked me to return home. For nine days I kept going back to the police station but they did not register a case,” she said.
Police, however, deny the allegation. “We did not receive any complaint (of abduction) before. The day the complaint was filed, 20 June, a case was registered at the Maakhi police station under sections 363 (kidnapping) and 366 (kidnapping a woman to compel her for marriage) of the Indian Penal Code,” Unnao superintendent of police Pushpanjali Devi said.
“After an investigation, we also added Section 376D (gang rape) of the IPC and sections 3 & 4 of the POCSO Act. The chargesheet has also been submitted in court,” she added.
Surprisingly, the teenager’s medical examination was conducted five days after her rescue. While police said the victim was not ready for one immediately after her ordeal, she claimed she was never asked to get it done.
Once back home, she left Unnao for Delhi to stay with her uncle and aunt.
Threats to withdraw case
In Delhi, she told her aunt about the rape. When she shared it with her husband, he got furious and immediately called up his brother, the teen’s father.
“Papa got very angry. At first, he could not believe that Sengar… could do such a thing. He went straight to his house but could not find him there,” the teenager’s sister said.
“He asked my sister to return to Unnao and file a complaint with police. After that day, he stopped going to Sengar’s house,” she added.
The teenager returned to Unnao in August, but when she went to file a complaint, police allegedly didn’t accept her complaint. She then moved court, seeking a direction to police to file a case of rape against Sengar. Eight months since, a case is yet to be registered.
“We have been receiving threats to withdraw the application,” said the teen. “I got so harrowed that I tried to set myself afire. On 6 April, my father was mercilessly thrashed by Sengar’s brother Atul Singh and his men after he refused to take the complaint back, but no one from the administration seems to care,” she added.
There are discrepancies in the accounts about the date of the assault: While police claim it happened on 3 April, the family’s accounts alternate between 3 and 6 April, a fact that has stoked doubts among police.
Sengar allegedly also approached her uncle, who shared with ThePrint the purported recording of a call from the MLA. On the tape, a man the uncle claims is the MLA is heard saying, “Stop your people, who are moving these applications against me. Are you not my brother? You have worked for me for so long, how could you do this? Make the girl understand that I will get her married. Get the girl’s mother to my house, I will serve her tea. Let’s end this cordially.”
Why no case against MLA yet
Announcing that an SIT would look into “all aspects of the matter”, Uttar Pradesh additional director general of police (law and order) Anand Kumar added, “The law says that if there is a gap of three months between a complaint of rape and the incident itself, an inquiry should be conducted before a case is filed, which is why an SIT has been formed.”
“The SIT is assessing the allegations with an unbiased view. When it discovered that local police had not registered a case against Sengar’s brother (for the assault) with a mala fide intention, it immediately ordered the suspension of errant officials,” he added.
He said there were several inconsistencies in the teen’s statement. “There are too many complaints, versions, and dates that have been mentioned. In fact, there are two different dates of the same incident mentioned in a complaint. All this needs to be looked into as these are serious allegations,” Kumar said
The teenager, however, said the case needed to be handed over to the CBI. She said, “It took a lot of courage and cost me my father’s life to speak against a person this strong. My family is destroyed, but he is still roaming free… Just because he is well connected and has money while we are poor? Can I really expect justice from this administration?”
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“There are too many complaints, versions, and dates that have been mentioned. In fact, there are two different dates of the same incident mentioned in a complaint. All this needs to be looked into as these are serious allegations,” Kumar said……
This is the reason being given out for not having registered the case. The fact is, this is a rape case spread over a few days and a harassment case spread over years. How can dates be remembered exactly by the victim? She says in some places she was drugged and kept unconscious. So how do you expect her to remember dates? Given the trauma she has gone through? How can this be treated like any other normal case? What about human right? Child rights?
The sad part is, in this day and age, still dominant castes and rich zamindars in villages are blatantly flouting the law and oppressing poor people. And that is accepted by the administration and police as “normal”. Doesn’t sound like 21st century India at all!
I hope all the paper and tape evidence is still intact. CBI is no God, it will need hard evidence to prove a case especially since one of the key witnesses is dead.
Such atrocities against common people aren’t new in India. Thanks to the new media for bringing these into limelights.
The privileged urban citizen’s eyes are being opened. Hopefully they’ll care enough about fellow citizens as much as they care for GOT characters.
i am very sad when ever i read about this unnao case and one of jammu case really i m feeling very weak.how these rapist are still doing argument and behaving like an innocent. and what happend to mr modi ” kahan hai mann ki baat” when he wil say about this.
This MLA should be hanged till death…or just hand over him to Dexter…to cut him into pieces…..???
Modi g bhar ghumne c acha hai apne desh ko dkho unko bchao unke paise par Aesh maat udhao nd notebndhe to krwa d the abh inko bhe bndh krwao
I feel so ashamed being a citizen of a country where such disgusting and inhuman men are granted the freedom to violate young females, A CHILD, kill their family members and still manage to roam around fearlessly. Is this the country our forefathers fought for? Enough is enough. Don’t let your ignorance blind you. This terrible monster and the men who worked for him need to go to prison, need to be killed, need to be skinned alive and fed to dogs. They don’t deserve to be treated like humans and they don’t deserve an inch of sympathy. I hope this angel gets the justice she deserves, my thoughts and prayers go out to her family. This is beyond infuriating.
– a disappointed Indian
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What all is going on in india . I am a true person and I need to think before I vote in 2019.
why are people acting shocked? I thought it was normal for india
govt should wake up now.why to beti bachao.
If the mighty citizens of India don’t speak in one voice in favour of this hapless girl, then who would?
So called “political modernization” and “democracy” lies mostly in books and for common folks only. Many politicians and powerful ones are still living in feudal society where they enjoy on cost of general public and squeeze the neck of justice and democracy. They shamelessly roam as they have conquered a fort and police is often toothless in front of powerful Common people suffer but till when?
Even if this MLA is hanged ,I will still call it half aof what is justice.
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Shame to bjp for such crime of rape and killing by law maker mla of up. Why not hanged immidieatly and yogi govt dismissed for protecting mla.
He should be arrested and put in prison for rest of his life
not enough for raping a teenager something worst action should be taken against them mfs
Indian govt ,system of law , it’s great leaders are very weak in dealing t situations of girl children in giving them stand by , it could have been Saudi govt , ……
there is nothing to doubt that mla infact did rape of minor girl. it is proven from multiple accounts of nrws and video statements coming from raped girl and her father and other sources..
now only thing yogi must do it to arrest mla and prepare him for hanging along with his brothers..
After seeing this I will never like ramarajya even Seetha has bare from male prejudice
The girl deserves justice
This is a national shame.may be this is just the beginning of a national horror.
also this will be downfall of bjp /yogi and yogi will be responsible man for this downfall of bjp..
of late, raja bhaiya, amanmani, etc are strange case yogi seems to be supporting them.. showing insensitive nature..
Where is modi he wants Muslim women to bein indignity and so on what about this woman now where is her religion she is been gang rape on and off and still CM of UP ass is not interested in this case only kill the youth of UP the police are useless join the force to make fast money and lick politicians feet yogi stop paint UP and paint yourself black
modi social media team is sleeping and yogi amit shah still do not realize full power of social media..
Imagine if Muslim MLA did so?
This is not about the religion buddy it is about the govt…
Same thing will happen, remember it is a secular country ahmad
It’s secular only when it is convenient, apparently
it would not have come out in news at all
Political class has lost all credibility. Some of them are hardcore criminals facing charges of heinous crimes like murder and rape. How they become mega rich in just five years is well known. Strange… That we have poor graduates and rich criminals in this country.
Moun Modi for 2019 ??? Give me a break.
This is gift for the beti about beti bacho from up government Yogi ji shame on you and this is the way you rule in up
I cannot believe that we are in the 21st century India. Such national headlines and the PM watches silently. It is BJP’s own family member, involved in this heinous act. Is there a statement from the party? We have a PM following hate mongers and people with questionable sense of morality. This needs a national outcry. We cannot continue like this. This is the time for a rebellion.
This Kuldeep Sengar ,he is a monster should not be allowed to roam free, should be immediately arrested .BJP should sack him immediately.
Mr Julio Ribeiro writes sometimes in the IE, tracing out changes in the culture of some of the men who wear the same uniform that he once did. After making allowance for the politicians and the lower level functionaries, the IPS cadre of UP, which must include many from outside the state, must give a fine account of itself. The state is sinking into anarchy.
very sad for uttar pradesh..
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