Allahabad HC Stays Cremation of Rape Victim’s Father; BJP MLA’s Wife Threatens Suicide If He’s Proven Guilty

Allahabad HC Stays Cremation of Rape Victim’s Father; BJP MLA’s Wife Threatens Suicide If He’s Proven Guilty April 11, 2018

Lucknow: The Allahabad high court on Wednesday ordered to stop the cremation of Unnao rape survivor’s father even as the accused BJP MLA’s wife threatened to give up her life if her husband is proven guilty.

Two days after Unnao rape survivor’s father died due to shock and septicaemia, the chief justice took suo moto cognisance of the letter written by the 18-year-old girl and said that if her father’s body has not been cremated, it should be put on hold. The matter has been posted for hearing on Thursday.

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On the other hand, Bangarmau BJP MLA’s wife Sangeeta Sengar said that her husband is innocent. “If he is proven guilty, the entire family will give up their lives. The way evidences are being hidden, it is not correct, we want justice,” news agency ANI quoted her as saying.
“There is a political conspiracy to defame my family. I demand NARCO test of the girl, her uncle, as well as my husband. The truth will be out in the open. Our entire family is undergoing mental trauma,” Sengar said after meeting UP Director General of Police O P Singh.

The survivor had tried to immolate herself near UP CM’s residence on Sunday after alleging that she was raped by the BJP MLA and his brothers. However, a day later, her father died under mysterious circumstances at a hospital.He was in judicial custody after his arrest for a scuffle with Sengar’s supporters last week. The post-mortem report suggested that he died due to shock and septicaemia as “all the ante-mortem injuries on the victim’s body were fatal”.

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According to the rape survivor’s complaint, Sengar’s brother Atul and his aides pulled out the girl’s father from his house in their native village in Unnao, verbally abused him and assaulted him after tying him to a tree to deter him from pursuing the gang-rape case. Soon after, a team of Lucknow Crime Branch arrested Atul from his home.

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“The girl has not been able to give any evidence against my husband, and yet my husband has been termed as a rapist. The girl has slapped rape charges in the past, too, on one the boys in her village,” Sengar’s wife said, adding that proper investigation should be done in the matter and if the rape charges are found to be false, then the girl and her uncle should be imprisoned.

The survivor’s family has also demanded a CBI inquiry into the death of her father. Hearing a petition filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it will hear the plea for CBI probe next week.

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