As he was declared guilty in Unnao rape case, expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar broke down in the courtroom. He was seen crying beside his sister. Tis Hazari Court in New Delhi pronounced Sengar guilty. The court had on August 9 framed charges against the MLA and Singh under Sections 120 b (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping or inducing a woman to compel for marriage), 376 (rape) and other relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The conviction came under Section 376 and POCSO.
The court will hear arguments on quantum of sentence on Wednesday. The offences entail maximum punishment of life imprisonment under POCSO.
Kuldeep Singh was the prime accused in Unnao Rape Case. His co-accused Shashi Singh was acquitted by the court. Sengar faced accusations of kidnapping and raping a woman in 2017 who was a minor at that time.
The Supreme Court, taking cognisance of the rape survivor's letter written to then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, had on August 1 transferred all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a Lucknow court in Uttar Pradesh to the court in Delhi with directions to hold trial on a daily basis and completing it within 45 days.
Unnao rape case verdict was much awaited as the ups and downs in the case shocked the nation and even included an alleged assassination attempt said to have been planned by Sengar from behind bars.
The trial in the other four cases -- framing of her father in an illegal firearms case and his death in judicial custody, the conspiracy of Sengar with others in the accident case and a separate case of gang rape of the rape survivor by three others -- are ongoing in the court.
The rape survivor and her family have been provided Central Reserve Police Force security as per apex court orders. They have now been shifted to a rented accommodation in the national capital with the assistance of the Delhi Commission for Women.
(With agency inputs)
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