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BJP MLA Accused of Raping Woman for 2 Years When She Was a Minor

BJP MLA Kushagra Sagar has denied the allegations and said this is a political conspiracy to malign his image.

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A 22-year-old woman has accused a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Uttar Pradesh's Badaun, Kushagra Sagar, of raping her for two years on the pretext of marriage, when she was a minor.

"Will commit suicide if I don't get justice, I have been receiving threats as well and have become a subject of ridicule in society," ANI quoted the woman as saying.

While according to ANI, police investigation has begun, the BJP MLA, while speaking to News18, denied the allegations and said, "This is a conspiracy to malign my image. They did the same with my father when he was an MLA. The allegations of marriage promises are also false. I got to know her only in 2014 when she had filed a similar complaint against me".

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Circle officer Niti Dwivedi has been tasked with the investigation. Dwivedi reached the woman’s house but she was not available. We will take further action in the matter once the investigation report comes.
SSP Kalanidhi Naithani to The Times of India

The complainant, whose mother is a domestic help at Sagar's house, told The Times of India that her life has become miserable ever since the accused has been elected as an MLA. She added that she came in contact with Sagar in 2012, when she was 16 years old, and he raped her several times between 2012 and 2014.

Speaking to the daily, the woman said she tolerated everything in hope that Sagar will marry her someday. She also alleged that the accused has been threatening to kill her family.

However, speaking to The Times of India, the MLA said, “This woman has already approached the police in 2014 and came to a compromise taking Rs 10 lakh from me. I have a copy of the written compromise. Now, all of a sudden she again levelled false allegations against me before my wedding that is scheduled next month".

Sagar’s father, a former Bahujan Samaj Party MLA, had been booked for rape and murder in 2008.

The incident comes barely a couple of months after there was nation-wide outrage over the Unnao rape case where BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was arrested for raping a woman in 2017.

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