Gang Rape, Deaths, Suspicious Accident: Timeline of the Unnao Case
Here is how the events in the Unnao rape case unfolded since June 2017.
She was 17 when she was gang-raped, when she saw her father lose his life fighting for justice...when she began living every day of her life in fear. Why? Because she had spoken up and demanded action against her perpetrators, which included BJP's 4-time Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.
4 June 2017: 17-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Raped by BJP MLA
The girl had alleged that on 4 June 2017 that she was raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar when she went to his home looking for a job. Merely seven days after the incident, the girl went missing.
After her family lodged a complaint, she was traced in Uttar Pradesh's Auria, on 20 June. A rape case was filed and three new names came to light, Shubhan Singh, his driver Naresh Tiwari and one Brijesh Yadav. The girl alleged that police did not allow her to name the MLA in her statement.
3 April 2018: Girl's Father Thrashed by MLA's Brother, Taken into Police Custody
Almost a year later in April 2018, when the survivor's father came down to Unnao with his family for a hearing, he was brutally thrashed by Kuldeep Sengar's brother, Atul Sengar. Instead of booking the accused, police took the survivor's father into custody for two days.
8 April, 2018: Helpless Survivor Tries to Kill Herself Outside CM Adityanath's House
Fed up, the girl tried to kill herself outside the residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
9 April 2018: Survivor's Father Dies While in Police Custody
On 9 April, while still in custody, the survivor's father died in the district hospital. Kuldeep Sengar's brother was then arrested along with 3 others, who also happened to be associates of MLA Sengar. Six policemen, including the police station officer of the area, inspector and four constables, were suspended and a high-level probe committee was set up.
13 April 2018: CBI Arrests Kuldeep Sengar After Allahabad Hc Order
After the case was transferred to the CBI, Kuldeep Sengar was taken into custody. However, he was arrested only after an order by the Allahabad HC.
11 July 2018: CBI Files Charge Sheet Against Accused MLA
Over 13 months after she was raped, the CBI issued a charge sheet naming Sengar as the prime accused. The CBI registered another FIR in which Kuldeep Sengar, his brother Atul Sengar and 3 police officers were accused of framing the survivor's father.
18 August 2018: Suspicious Death of Witness
The survivor's family kept alleging that they were being threatened by the MLA's goons. Meanwhile, on 18 August 2018, one of the witnesses of the case died and was buried without a post mortem.
8 June 2019: Sakshi Maharaj Visits Kuldeep Sengar in Jail
And while MLA Sengar was facing such serious charges, BJP MLA Sakshi Maharaj, who won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, visited him in the Sitapur jail and openly admitted that he did so to ask after him – उनका हालचाल जानने गए थे.
28 July 2019: Truck Collides with Survivor's Car, Kills Her Aunts
Over 25 months after she was raped, the survivor, on 28 July 2019, was travelling with her lawyer and her two aunts when a truck collided with their car in Rai Bareli. While her aunts succumbed to their injuries, the lawyer and the survivor herself are critically injured.
The number plate of the truck that collided with the survivor's car had grease smeared on it. Not just that, even the security personnel deployed for the survivor's safety was mysteriously not present with her. Right from UP to the Parliament of India, the accident has given rise to a cry for justice for the survivor.
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