NEW DELHI: A court here on Wednesday convicted seven persons, including expelled BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, in a case pertaining to the murder of Unnao rape survivor’s father.
District Judge Dharmesh Sharma held them guilty under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for offenses such as conspiracy, culpable homicide, the disappearance of evidence, framing incorrect record and wrongfully restraining a person, and the Arms Act. The court, however, acquitted four persons by according to them a “benefit of the doubt”.
“It is apparent that too many persons behind the curtains were supporting, assisting or abetting the gruesome act but then each one cannot be held culpable as per law on mere suspicion,” the judge said in the judgment. The case pertains to the death of the rape survivor’s father in custody on April 9, 2018. The woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor.
The court had, on December 20 last year sent him to jail for the “remainder of his natural biological life” for raping her. In the case pertaining to the death of her father, the court on Wednesday observed that Sengar, along with four others, entered into “criminal conspiracy to teach a lesson to the victim who dared to raise his head against him”.
“The sequence of events establish beyond a reasonable doubt that under the patronage of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his brother, along with foot soldiers assaulted the victim with leg and fist blows and by intermittently hitting him in a piercing manner with the barrel of the rifle,” the court stated. The judge, while pronouncing the order, observed that Sengar had no intention to kill the rape victim’s father. “He (victim) was beaten in a brutal manner that led to his death.” (IANS)