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FIR lodged against Unnao gang-rape survivor, family members for falsely claiming she was a minor

A first information report (FIR) has been filed against the Unnao rape survivor, her mother and uncle for falsely reporting the survivor was a minor at the time of the incident. A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar and some of his aides are facing charges of rape and criminal intimidation in the case. A separate case of murder had also been registered after the MLA's brother and some of his aides beat the victim's father to death.

The fresh FIR against the survivor and her family lists charges of fraud, forgery and tampering with documents to frame innocent people.

The FIR was registered at Unnao's Makhi police station on Sunday, following a local court’s directives, reported The Hindustan Times. The complaint was filed by Haripal Singh, whose wife Shashi Singh and son Shubham Singh were accused in the FIR lodged in connection with the rape. Shashi allegedly took the victim to Sengar on the day of the crime.

 FIR lodged against Unnao gang-rape survivor, family members for falsely claiming she was a minor

File image of protests against the Unao and Kathua rape cases. Reuters

The complainant alleged that the survivor and her family members forged the documents submitted to police to prove that the victim was a minor. Station House Officer (SHO) of Makhi police station Dinesh Mishra told The Indian Express, "In his complaint, Haripal Singh has alleged that the rape victim, her mother and uncle prepared a forged school transfer certificate of the victim using fake signatures and stamp of the principal and Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) of Rae Bareli district. The FIR was lodged on charges including cheating by personation, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, forgery for purpose of cheating and using as genuine a forged document."

The mother and son, along with Sengar and eight others, were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April and have been in jail since.

The case came to light in April this year when the survivor tried to immolate herself outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence, alleging police inaction against the accused.

The survivor on 4 June, 2017 had alleged that she was raped by BJP MLA Sengar at his residence, when she had gone to meet him, along with a relative, seeking a job. In February, the girl's family had moved the court, seeking to include the MLA's name in the case. Subsequently, the victim's father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on 3 April and put in jail on 5 April.

Frustrated with the alleged police inaction and coercion from influential people, the victim attempted self-immolation in front of chief minister Adityanath's residence on 8 April. The next day, her father died in jail with the post-mortem examination report suggesting serious injuries on his body.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Dec 27, 2018 08:50:40 IST

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