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Unnao rape case updates: CBI takes over case after Modi's intervention; Allahabad HC to give order at 2 pm tomorrow
  • 23:10 (IST)

    Unnao rape survivor's kin asks what about brother's murder case

    "People have been arrested only in the rape case, the murder case of my brother has not been touched yet," the uncle of Unnao rape survivor told ANI. He added that despite this the investigation is going "at a good pace" and that they are safe. 

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Not In My Name protests launched after Kathua, Unnao cases; hundreds march over atrocities against minorities

    Hundreds of people on Sunday participated in a protest march called "Not In My Name" at Parliament Street in the national capital against increasing incidents of rape and atrocities on Dalits and minorities.

    Gurgaon-based filmmaker Saba Dewan led the protest. The protest included artistes and students, who vented their anger over the incidents and claimed that Muslims in the country were living in fear. They said the rights of Dalits and Adivasis were being questioned.

    Read more here

  • Death penalty won't solve problem, attitude towards women needs to change

    The facts show that to prevent sexual crimes, we have to make large changes in our society and its treatment of women at the level of the family. And we need to ensure that the existing laws on reporting sexual violence are followed at the level of every police station across India. This is very, very hard work but it will ensure that the rate of reporting goes up, at least to the levels where it is in the rest of the world. After the rate of reporting goes up, the state needs to ensure that it conducts proper investigations (which need resources and cannot be done with the same force or budget) that increases the rate of convictions.

    All of this is difficult, and most politicians know that it is close to impossible. That is why the easy way is chosen and that is to demand that rapists be hanged. The fact that murderers are also hanged and it has no effect on murders does not seem to worry us.

    Full analysis here

  • 20:38 (IST)

    Group of former civil servants pens letter to PM, tells him to 'act tough' against culprits of Kathua, Unnao rape cases 

    In a strongly-worded open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a group of former civil servants on Sunday asked him to check the nations "free fall into anarchy" by acting tough against the culprits of the Kathua and Unnao rape cases and the perpetrators of hate crimes across the country.

    Holding Modi responsible "more than anyone else" for the "terrifying state of affairs" and pointing out that both in Uttar Pradesh (Unnao) and Jammu and Kashmir (Kathua) it is his party (BJP) that is in power, the 49 former civil servants who included Aruna Roy, Harsh Mander, Wajahat Habibullah, Jawahar Sircar and NC Saxena, termed the present state of affairs an "existential crisis".

    "This is a moment of existential crisis, a turning point — the way the government responds now will determine whether we as a nation and as a republic have the capacity to overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order within which we function.

    The group has also demanded the convening of an all-party meeting "to deliberate on ways in which the phenomenon of hate crime can be tackled socially, politically and administratively". —IANS

  • 20:28 (IST)

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal seeks death penalty for rape of minors

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded death penalty for those raping minors and also blasted the BJP for defending its MLA accused of raping a teenager in Uttar Pradesh. While visiting the Rajghat where Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal's fast on the same issue entered the third day, Kejriwal said his government was ready to make amendments to the existing law to ensure death penalty to rapists of minors.- IANS

  • 19:21 (IST)

    Sharp contrast between strictly professional manner with which Kathua case has been handled in comparison to connivance of state administration in Unnao rape case

    Though both provoked a public uproar, the Kathua case correlates with the involvement of a BJP legislator and his cronies in the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl and the murder of her father in judicial custody in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district.

    However, what happened to the eight-year-old girl in Kathua cannot be seen merely through the prism of the routine brutalisation of Indian women by sexual predators or political perfidy on display under Yogi Adityanath’s rule since it has a larger and darker dimension.

    There is also a sharp contrast between the strictly professional manner with which senior officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Police Crime Branch investigated the case in Kathua and the connivance of the state administration in Uttar Pradesh to protect the politically powerful from charges of rape and murder.

    Full analysis here

  • 19:00 (IST)

    BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar's aide Shashi Singh has been sent to four days police custody, reports ANI 

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Indian students from leading universities in UK write to Narendra Modi ahead of his visit demanding justice in rape cases 
     
     
    Indian students and alumni based in the UK have delivered a letter for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian High Commission in London asking him to take "extraordinary measures" to ensure justice in rape cases reported from different states in India.
     
    The National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK, together with 19 India-related societies at leading UK universities, submitted the letter dated 14 April ahead of the Indian PM's four-day visit to the UK on Tuesday.
     
    It urges the Indian government to take "extraordinary measures" in the horrific rape cases that have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and more recently in Gujarat. "Hon Prime Minister, extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures. You have not shied away from taking difficult decisions in the past, such as with demonetisation. Please take similar extraordinary steps to prove that India's daughters matter," the letter reads.
     
    The University of Oxford India Society, London School of Economics India Society, University College London Indian Society, Imperial College London Indian Society and University of Birmingham Bharat Parivar are among the 19 signatories of the letter alongside NISAU UK, one of the UK's largest Indian student organisations. —PTI

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Visuals of protests held in Bandra, Mumbai against the Unnao, Kathua rape cases

  • 18:03 (IST)

    Protest held at Parliament Street in Delhi against the Unnao, Kathua rape cases, ANI reports

  • 16:37 (IST)

    DCW chief Swati Maliwal's hunger strike for stricter anti-rape laws enters third day

    An indefinite hunger strike by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal entered the third day on Sunday in support of death penalty for rapists.

    Maliwal launched the protest at Rajghat on Friday in wake of the rape incidents in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua districts.

    In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, the DCW chief said: "I will not break my anshan (fast) until the Prime Minister does not (promise) the country a better system for the safety of our daughters." The protest saw a large number of women and children participating, urging the authorities to implement stricter anti-rape laws in the country.

    The Commission had observed a month-long satyagraha in February demanding fast-track courts and stricter laws for those accused of raping minors.

  • 16:29 (IST)

    BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar's aide Shashi Singh presented in CBI Special Court in Lucknow, reports ANI 

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Dinesh Gundu Rao regrets calling Yogi Adityanath 'dhongi'; terms it 'emotional outburst' over Unnao, Kathua rape cases

    Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao expressed regret over his "slipper" jibe on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath terming it as an emotional outburst.

    Speaking during a candlelight march held by KPCC over the Unnao and Kathua rape cases, Rao had called Adityanath a "dhongi" who should be "beaten up with slippers".

    The KPCC (Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee) working president had also claimed that atrocities against women had gone up under Adityanath's rule in Uttar Pradesh. He was the chief minister was "not a Yogi. He is a dhongi (fake). The prime minister should sack him." Rao also said, "If he comes next time to Karnataka, he should be beaten with your sandals. Drive him out."

    Read more here

  • 16:10 (IST)

    Congress holds candlelight march in protest against Kathua, Unnao rape cases in Shimla

  • 16:06 (IST)

    Meanwhile, ANI reports that a woman in Unnao alleges that a councillor from Safipur raped her while  his accomplice filmed the act, an FIR has been filed in the case

  • Linking sexual crimes with identity politics obstructs reforms in rape laws

    In the wake of this crisis, it is important to understand how the society views and examines rape as a crime, and why it views some cases of sexual violence as more significant in public discourses than others. Why is there a more public outcry for certain rape cases than others? And does this perception play a part in the kind of reform we demand from policymakers and the judiciary when it comes to sexual violence?

    Full analysis here

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Updates from 15 April start here

  • 14:35 (IST)

    Sengar's goons are threatening villagers to keep quiet, alleges kin of Unnao rape case victim | ANI

    Speaking to ANI, a relative of the Unnao rape case victim alleged that goons of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar are threatening villagers to keep quiet. He also said that two people have gone missing since then they arrived in cars on Saturday.

  • 10:03 (IST)

    RECAP: CBI makes second arrest

    The CBI on Saturday made a second arrest in the Unnao rape case as it took into custody Shashi Singh, the woman who allegedly took the victim to BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on the day of crime, officials said.

    In her complaint to UP Police, now part of the CBI FIR, the victim's mother has alleged that Shashi Singh had lured her daughter and took her to Sengar's residence where he raped her. She has also alleged that while the MLA was raping her daughter, Shashi Singh stood outside the room as a guard.

  • 10:02 (IST)

    RECAP: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar sent to 7-day CBI custody

    BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the rape of the 18-year-old girl from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh has been sent to seven-day police custody on Saturday, reports said.

    The CBI had arrested Sengar on Friday for the assault, murder and rape of a minor after an Allahabad High Court order. Sengar was grilled by the investigation agency for close to 15 hours. His arrest had come only after the Allahabad High Court rapped the investigation agency.

  • 21:16 (IST)

    Watch: Unnao victim's uncle's statement after CBI met their family

  • 21:08 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party demands president rule in Uttar Pradesh

    Samajwadi Party on Friday demanded that President's rule be imposed in Uttar Pradesh because of the "deteriorating law and order", The Times of India reported. 

  • 20:45 (IST)

    Delhi Congress to hold protest across national capital over two rape cases 

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Kuldeep Singh Sengar arrested by CBI

    The CBI has arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar accused of assaut, murder and raping a minor was finally arrested by the CBI after the Allahabad High Court's order. Sengar was grilled by the investigation agency for close to 15 hours. 

  • 20:24 (IST)

    Unnao medical superintendent suspended, departmental enquiry against 3 other doctors

    Medical superintendent and casualty officer at Unnao District Hospital was suspended on Friday evening a day after CBI took over the case. A departmental inquiry has also  initiated against 3 other doctors. The Allahabad High Court had also raised questions on the role of doctors on duty asking that why was the victim's father released to be taken into police custody again, if his injuries were serious. 

  • 20:10 (IST)

    CBI continues to grill Kuldeep Sengar; MLA being interrogated since 15 hours

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) continued the interrogation of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar at CBI Zonal office in Lucknow. He is being questioned since past 15 hours. The premier investigation agency has also recorded the victim and her family's statements separately in Unnao and has called them to Lucknow tomorrow for further investigation.  

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Narendra Modi finally breaks silence, says guilty will not be spared 

    "Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice," he said. 

    The prime minister was speaking at an event to mark the inauguration of Ambedkar museum in New Delhi. 

  • 18:55 (IST)

    HC raps UP Police for registering false case against girl's family, says Kuldeep Singh Sengar influenced probe 

    In its 20-page order, the court also said, "The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and the government officials were directly in league and under the influence of Kuldeep Singh. The doctor did not examine the prosecutrix, nor did the circle officer, Shafipur, register the crime, though hand written complaint of the prosecutrix was sent from the office of the Chief Minister."
     
     
    The bench said the father of prosecutrix was "beaten up by the brother and the goons of Kuldeep Singh and was arrested and in the custody was beaten mercilessly".
     
     
    It also said it appears that false cases were lodged against the family members.

  • 18:43 (IST)

    Allahabad HC questions why police arrested complainant, not accused

    We fail to understand why the Investigating Agency instead of arresting accused persons, they arrested complainant, in connection with this case," the Allahabad High Court asked in its order. 

    The court also rapped the investigating agency for allowing Sengar to influence their actions. 

  • 18:35 (IST)

    Firm action will be taken against criminals, no matter how influential they may be: Yogi Adityanath
     
     
     
     
    Facing severe flak over the delay in taking action against his party MLA who has been accused in the Unnao rape case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said his government had not deviated from its zero-tolerance policy on crime and that it would firmly deal with criminals, no matter how influential they might be.
     
    "As soon as the matter came to the notice of the government on 9 April, we immediately constituted an SIT (Special Investigation Team) and initiated action in the matter...The policemen and doctors found guilty in the SIT report were suspended," the CM told reporters in Chitrakoot.
     
     
    "We have referred the matter to the CBI...Our government will not compromise on the zero-tolerance policy it has followed against crime and corruption since the beginning. We will firmly deal with criminals, however influential they might be," Adityanath said.
     
    PTI

  • 17:51 (IST)

    Allahabad HC orders arrest of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, wants update on 2 May: Read complete order here

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Police detain protesters who were agitating over Unnao rape case outside Raj Bhavan in Kolkata 

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh government protected Kuldeep Singh Sengar: Abhishek Manu Singhvi 

    Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi addressed the media over the Kathua and Unnao rape case. Targeting the BJP over Prime minister's silence, Singhvi said that the collective conscience of the nation has been shaken, and India is waiting to listen from three people. He said the prime minister and the chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh should answer. 

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi questions Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on Kathua, Unnaorape cases

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Smriti Irani breaks silence on Kathua, Unnao rape cases, slams Rahul Gandhi

    Smriti Irani, who had been vocal at the time of Damini Singh's brutal rape and murder in New Delhi, had been silent on the Unnao and Kathua cases so far. Tody, speaking to reporters she said, "Rahul Gandhi earlier stood in support of Gayatri Prasad Prajapati. It's just his compulsion to take a stand this time but Amethi knows the truth. I have faith that justice will be provided."

  • 15:56 (IST)

    AAP to gherao PM's residence against Unnao, Kathua rape cases

    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will 'gherao' prime minister Narendra Modi's residence in New Delhi on Sunday over what it said on Friday was his silence on the rapes in Unnao and Kathua. 

    Addressing the media, senior party leader Gopal Rai said the party would also launch a country-wide campaign after Sunday on rising attacks against women. Rai said the prime minister became silent whenever the country faced trouble. "Why is he silent? What is the reason? Even Manmohan Singh used to speak at times."

  • 15:49 (IST)

    Guilty should be publicly hanged or shot dead: Assam BJP MP on Kathua, Unnao rape cases

    Voices from within the BJP are coming out against the brutal Unnao and Kathua rape cases. BJP MP from Assam RP Sharma also demanded death penalty for those found guilty, even if the accused hailed from his  own party. "The guilty should be publicly hanged or shot dead. There should be no leniency with rapists. Even if the guilty is found to be a BJP member, he should be executed publicly," Sharma said

  • 15:24 (IST)

    Congress workers to take out candlelight march in capitals of all states

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi has instructed party members to hold candlelight march at capitals of all the states against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, ANI reported. 

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Watch: Gopal Chaturvedi, the man whose letter became basis of Allahabad HC taking suo motu cognisance, reacts to order

    Input by Saurabh Sharma, 101 Reporters

  • 15:12 (IST)

    CBI Team visits Makhi police station in Unnao

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Meanwhile in UP, a Dalit woman commited suicide after facing sexual harassment 

    A 38-year-old Dalit woman committed suicide after facing sexual harassment by two men at Jolla village in Muzaffarnagar, police said.

     
    The woman's body was found hanging in her cottage and a suicide note was also recovered from the spot in which she alleged that she was facing sexual harassment, SP rural Ajay Sehdev.

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Detention is not arrest, Allahabad HC says

    In the court, the Additional Advocate General was asked if the BJP MLA has been arrested or not. The AAG replied that he has been detained, said Sanjay Singh, one of the lawyers present in the courtroom. The court observed that detention will not serve the purpose, "Suppose I ask you to be in the court for 10 minutes, it amounts to detention but it does not mean he has been arrested," the court said, according to Singh. 

    Input from Saurabh Sharma/ 101Reporters

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Allahabad HC to monitor probe

    In the order, the Allahabad High Court also said it would monitor the probe while adding the Kuldeep Sengar should be arrested, and not just detained. 

  • 14:36 (IST)

    Allahabad HC orders BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar's arrest

    The Allahabad High Court on Friday passed an order stating that the CBI arrest BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and present the status report on the case on 2 May. 

    Input from Saurabh Sharma/ 101Reporters

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Allahabad HC orders CBI to investigate in all three FIRs

    The Allahabad High Court on Friday ordered the CBI to probe all three FIRs, and cancel the bail of those accused. The court has directed the investigating agency to present the progress report on the same on 2 May at 10 am. 

    Input from Saurabh Sharma/101Reporters

  • 14:24 (IST)

    Guilty should be publicly hanged or shot dead, says BJP MP RP Sharma

  • 14:23 (IST)

    More than 100 advocates inside Allahabad High Court ahead of order on Unnao rape case

    Input from Saurabh Sharma/101Reporters

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Allahabad HC to pass order at 2 pm

    The Allahabad High Court is set to pass its order on the Unnao rape case at 2 pm on Friday. The court on Thursday strongly objected to the delay in BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar's arrest, as it sought details of the action taken by the government in the matter.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Action being taken by state govts: Maneka Gandhi on Unnao and Kathua rapes

    "You people (media) want the investigation to be done in two minutes. Action is being taken by state governments. Also, we are contemplating an amendment in law which awards death penalty to rapists of minors below 12 years of age." Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said. 

  • 13:35 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi's midgnight candle march reminiscent of outrage over Nirbhaya rape case in 2012

    With his midnight vigil at India Gate on Thursday, Rahul Gandhi brought back memories of a slogan that reverberated through Delhi in the aftermath of the city's gruesome gangrape and murder case in 2012. Back then, the candle, not entirely unlike the proverbial boot, was in the other hand, writes Sandipan Sharma. The Congress and its leaders were missing while the entire country was out on the streets. Rahul — the torchbearer of morality now — and his conscience were safely entrenched in their Lutyens bungalow. This year, with his party not in power — and thus not the target of the embarrassing outrage — Rahul has stepped out, a candle in hand and a sermon on his lips.

Unnao rape case latest updates: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will participate in a midnight candlelight vigil at India Gate. Congress workers will take out a march from AICC headquarters in New Delhi at 11 am till India Gate against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.

The SIT visited the rape survivor and her family for a second time. The team reached the hotel in Unnao where they are staying and is recording a fresh statement of the victim and her family.  

The SIT has told the Allahabad High Court that they will arrest Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The court's order is expected to come by 3:30 pm.

According to Prakhar Singh, the nephew of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the MLA's family has welcomed the Uttar Pradesh government's move to hand over the probe to the CBI and has also demanded a NARCO test be conducted on both the rape survivor and Sengar.  "We are saying this from day one that CBI should investigate this matter as all the allegations are false and have been made for political interest," said Prakhar.

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday said that the rape charges against the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar are very serious and sought a reply from the Uttar Pradesh government on the matter by 2 pm, reported India Today.

Congress members led protests against the Bharatiya Janata Party and rape accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in Lucknow on Thursday. The Congress women's wing was also part of the protests against the alleged inaction by Uttar Pradesh government in the Unnao rape case.

Speaking to the media, Uttar Pradesh home secretary Arvind Kumar said on Thursday the rape survivor did not name the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in her statement in 2017.

After the Uttar Pradesh government decided to hand over the probe into the Unnao rape case to CBI on Wednesday night, the young rape survivor expressed her apprehensions and said the accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar must be arrested. "Still so many questions are being raised on me, even after my father's murder. How will I get justice? CBI probe is fine but first MLA (Kuldeep Singh Sengar) should be arrested as he will influence the probe. I now fear for my uncle's (father's brother) life," ANI quoted her as saying.

The home secretary and other officials addressing the media kept referring to Kuldeep Singh Sengar as "mananiy vidhayak" (honourable minister). As reporters pointed this out, DGP OP Singh said, "I'm not defending anyone. I referred to him as 'accused'."

According to CNN-News18, the Congress party members will protest against BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar in Lucknow at 2 pm on Thursday. Sengar is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in June last year. An FIR into the same was filed on Thursday as well.

Speaking to CNN-News18, accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar said that he is confident he will be proved innocent after the CBI probe. "I have full faith in the Yogi Adityanath government. I have done no wrong. I will be proved innocent after CBI probe. I'm willing to cooperate. The rape allegations are baseless," he said.

An FIR has been fired against the rape accused Kuldeep Sengar on Thursday, confirmed SO Rajesh Singh to ANI. The case has been registered at the Makhi police station in Unnao. The case has been registered under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (including Section 376 for rape) and POCSO Act.

Speaking to CNN-News18BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar said rape accusations hurled at him were a political conspiracy. "I am innocent, everything will be cleared as the matter has been handed over to CBI.This is a political conspiracy against me…my wife has been hospitalised and I am with her..i am ready for any probe," accused MLA said.

In a midnight drama that unfolded after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah returned to national capital from Lucknow, the rape-accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar reached the Senior Superintendent of Police's (SSP) office with two dozens supporters in tow. When confronted by the media, the MLA said that he had come to enquire whether his name had appeared in any of the First Information Reports (FIRs).

The Yogi Adityanath government late on Wednesday night decided to hand over to the CBI the probe into the Unnao rape case in which a BJP MLA is among the accused, on a day when he made a dramatic appearance before the police but refused to surrender.

Facing heat and growing outrage over the alleged involvement of MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the rape of an 18-year-old girl, the state government also decided to register an FIR against the legislator and the other accused.

"An FIR be lodged under appropriate sections considering the allegations of rape levied on MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and others and the investigation be handed over to CBI," the Principal Secretary (Information) said in an statement.

The government has also recommended a CBI probe into the death of the victim's father.

 Unnao rape case updates: CBI takes over case after Modis intervention; Allahabad HC to give order at 2 pm tomorrow

File image of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. Twitter @CNNNews18

"Investigation into cross cases pertaining to incidents leading to the death of the victim's father be also handed over to the CBI," the statement read.

The decisions were taken after the Special Investigation Team constituted under Additional Director General of Police (Lucknow zone) to look into the matter submitted its report to the government.

The development came hours after the Allahabad High Court sought the Yogi Adityanath-led state government's stand on the incident on a letter to the court by senior lawyer Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi detailing the case and posted the matter for hearing on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in a dramatic late night development, Sengar made a surprise appearance outside the Lucknow SSP's residence, triggering speculation that he might surrender, but left the place without handing himself over to the police.

"I came here to show to the media that I am not absconding, and I am very much in Lucknow. I am here, tell me what to do," a visibly unrepentant Sengar told reporters.

He said, "I am a disciplined BJP worker. I am innocent. I am being implicated."

BJP MLA from Bairia in Ballia district, Surendra Singh, made a shocking remark while defending Sengar. He said, “Tell me who will rape a mother of three? He is being falsely implicated."

Earlier in the day, Sangeeta Sengar, the wife of the accused MLA, demanded narco tests on her husband and also the 18-year-old victim, who alleged confinement by local authorities.

The Congress latched on to the case to hit out at the BJP government with party president Rahul Gandhi wondering if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would observe a fast on the alleged rape and death of the complainant's father in custody, which he said "has shamed humanity".

The victim, who had tried to immolate herself outside the chief minister's house just a day before her 50-year-old father died on Monday, alleged that she has been confined to a hotel room by the district administration, leaving her "without a phone or water and guards at every corner".

She also accused the MLA's brother and their henchmen of killing her elder uncle earlier. "I want justice, why are they putting pressure on me for an apology? Do they want my (another) uncle to be killed too?" she told TV channels.

A purported video of the alleged rape survivor's father before his death also went viral and was shown by several TV channels, in which he alleged that he was mercilessly beaten up by the MLA's brother and others, including with rifle butts. It also showed the deceased person's back with serious wounds, but its veracity could not be ascertained.

In the state capital, Sangeeta Sengar, the wife of the accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, told reporters after meeting state police chief OP Singh that there was a political conspiracy against her family and accused the complainant of not being consistent in her statements.

"We demand that a narco test be conducted on my husband and the girl as well as her uncle. This will help in ascertaining the truth and presenting the correct picture. There are political reasons behind this and my husband has been made a pawn," Sangeeta Sengar said. The narco analysis test is a type of psychological investigation.

"My husband is innocent and it is my request that he should not be called a rapist. He has been in politics for the past 15 years and has been serving the society and people," she said, adding that her daughters were unable to concentrate on their studies in the wake of this incident.

She said the allegations against her brother-in-law Atul, who was arrested on Wednesday, were false too.

The MLA's wife, as also the alleged rape survivor, has demanded a CBI probe into the entire matter.

The Congress party demanded the dismissal of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, alleging that his government was a "Ravan" regime which has failed to protect women.

Taking a swipe at the prime minister's proposed hunger strike over the non-functioning of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi separately tweeted, "The barbarism inflicted on a father seeking justice for his daughter in Uttar Pradesh has shamed humanity. Hope the prime minister will soon observe a fast over atrocities against women, failed law and order and increasing anarchy under the BJP's watch."

The Congress president also posted a purported video in which the woman's father is seen speaking against the BJP MLA.

In the Supreme Court, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said it would hear a plea next week for a CBI probe. The plea also alleged that the woman's father was tortured and killed in police custody at the behest of the "ruling party" in the state.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Apr 15, 2018 23:10:53 IST