Indian court finds lawmaker from Modi's party guilty of rape




LUCKNOW (Reuters) - An Indian court found a former state lawmaker from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party guilty on Monday of raping a teenager, the politician's lawyer said, in a high profile case that had helped fuel public anger over sexual violence against women.

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was a legislator in India's most populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh, was convicted by the court in Delhi under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir said. Sengar had pleaded not guilty.

Sentencing is expected later in the week.

The case was thrust into the spotlight last year when the accuser, who was a teenager in 2017 when she says she was raped, tried to kill herself, accusing the police of inaction.

In July, a truck crashed into the car of the woman who had accused Sengar of rape. Two of her relatives were killed in the crash and she was injured. Since then the family has been provided with security.

Having faced criticism for failing to act swiftly against the politician, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP expelled him from the party in August.

Public anger has been mounting in India over sexual violence against women and the lack of speedy justice for the majority of victims.


(Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar and Saurabh Sharma in Lucknow; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani & Simon Cameron-Moore)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Vijayawada: Fire at Covid facility in India kills at least seven
Vijayawada: Fire at Covid facility in India kills at least seven

The fire in southeast India is the second such blaze at a Covid facility in days.

The Latest: India doctors ask for support as 196 die so far
The Latest: India doctors ask for support as 196 die so far

NEW DELHI, India -The Indian Medical Association says 196 doctors have died of COVID-19 so far and, in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requested adequate care for physicians and their families. The Health Ministry on Sunday recorded nearly 64,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours for a total of 2,153,010. India also recorded 861 fatalities, driving the death toll to 43,379.

Kerala plane crash:
Kerala plane crash: 'Black boxes' from Air India jet found

The Air India plane skidded off the runway and broke apart during bad weather in Kerala state.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America