Kuldeep Sengar has already been expelled by the BJP but that did not come quickly. Right after the FIR was filed against him; the family of the rape victim had to go through severe torture and even met with a deadly accident that almost got her killed. Her father too died in jail custody and it took several protests to awaken the UP government who finally booked the accused. However, though the victim is the same, this is a different case altogether or at least it seems to be at first sight.
On June 11th, 2017, the girl was fetching water when she got abducted when Tiwari and Singh dragged her inside the car. They started raping her in the car itself and when they took her to a house at Kanpur, two unknown people who had covered their faces raped her again. She was then taken to the house of Brijesh Yadav where he again raped her several times.
In total, she was raped at least 9 times and that too at different places. When the police finally found her, she was in the Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh where the accused had taken her. As per the CBI investigations, the girl was kidnapped on 12th June 2017 as the main accused Singh and Tiwari were not present at that location on the 11th of June.
The charge sheet also says that the girl has used a mobile phone which was given to her by Naresh Tiwari which she earlier denied. The poor girl had received several death threats and a person who introduced himself as Manoj Sengar over telephone asked her to name the other three people in the case. Further investigations are carried out by CBI and a total of 103 witnesses will be questioned regarding the case as the Supreme Court has ordered the CBI to do so.
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A case like not only tarnishes the image of the government but also weakens the reputation of our country. When lawmakers like MLAs and law enforcing authorities like police support rapists, then where should the normal people seek justice? The role of the courts has never been in so much suspicion like it today. Even the mainstream media does not highlight these issues as much as they used to do. Only time will tell whether the girl gets justice or will such cases continue to emerge from different parts of India and therefore we can only hope for the best.