Unnao rape case: A timeline of key developments
June 2017: A 17-year-old minor girl in Unnao district alleges rape by a BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, his brother and others. June 2017 – April 2018: Girl’s family complains. Police refuse to even file an FIR. Family goes to court. Persists with the case for a long time. Hearing going on in the matter April 3, 2018: Fight between girl’s family and MLA’s family in which girl’s father is beaten up. Two police complaints filed, one by MLA ‘s men and the other by girl’s family. Police acts only on one complaint, arrests father and sends him to jail.
April 8, 2018: Girl attempts suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home in Lucknow, accusing him of shielding the minister. April 9, 2018: Girl’s father dies at the district hospital where he had been brought the previous night after vomiting and abdominal pain.
Six policemen including police station officer of the area, inspector and four constables were suspended. Police also arrested four men who were accused of assaulting the girl’s father. These are all associates of MLA Kuldeep Sengar. A high-level inquiry was ordered into the incident.
April 10, 2018: Post-mortem report shows 14 injuries on girl’s father’s body in the Unnao case. April 11, 2018: Case handed over to CBI. April 12, 2018: BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar charged with minor’s rape. April 13, 2018: Allahabad HC orders arrest of the MLA. April 14, 2018: BJP MLA arrested and languishing in jail since then.
July 7, 2018: First chargesheet filed by CBI naming five people, including Sengar’s brother of murdering the rape survivor’s father. July 11, 2018: CBI files chargesheet naming the MLA and Shashi Singh, the woman who allegedly lured the victim to BJP MLA. Separate chargesheet filed by CBI against five people, including the MLA’s brother Jai Deep Singh in rape victim’s father’s death. July 13 2018: In the third case, the CBI filed a chargesheet against Sengar and nine others for allegedly hatching a conspiracy and implicating the rape survivor’s father in an Arms Act case. Three policemen, including Ashok Singh Bhaduria, then station officer of Makhi police station, named in the chargesheet among others.
August 18, 2018: Mohammed Yunus, a key witness in the attack on the survivor’s father dies suddenly. Rape survivor’s uncle alleges that Yunus is poisoned to death. Buried with no Autopsy. August 20, 2018: Uncle files complaint alleging MLA Sengar had gotten Yunus killed through his associates. August 25, 2018: Yunus’s body exhumed for an autopsy.
November 21, 2018: The uncle of the victim arrested in an 18 year old gun-firing case during Panchayat elections in Makkhi village of Unnao in 2000. Sent to Unnao district jail.
December 26, 2018: FIR against the rape victim, her mother and uncle of fraud, forgery, tampering the documents (discrepancies in date of birth) with intent to frame innocent people in gangrape case.
July 4, 2019: The uncle of the girl is convicted in a 19-year-old case of attempt to murder and sent to 10 years of imprisonment by a district court. The case was filed by Sengar’s brother, Atul Singh. July 28, 2019: The rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts were killed when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck in Gurubakshganj area of Rae Bareli. One of the deceased aunts was a key witness in the case. They were on their way to visit the victim’s uncle lodged in Rae Bareilly jail. Security officer of girl not in the car. The number plate of truck is smeared in black paint.
July 29, 2019: A fresh FIR is lodged against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar along with 29 others for criminal conspiracy to kill the survivor and eye-witness in a car accident.
Courtesy : Sabrang India