Former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar gets life imprisonment in Unnao rape case

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NEW DELHI, DEC 20, 2019:

A Delhi court today sentenced the expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to life imprisonment for raping a woman in Unnao in 2017. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma, who had reserved the verdict on quantum of sentence in the forenoon, also imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh in the case.

The court had on Monday convicted Sengar, a four-time BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh's Bangarmau, for raping a girl at his residence in Unnao, where she had gone seeking a job.

Sengar, a four-time BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh's Bangarmau, had raped the girl at his residence in Unnao in June 2017, where she had gone seeking a job. He was arrested last year and is currently lodged in Tihar jail.

While convicting Sengar in the case, the court had yesterday observed in the order that, "the CBI was able to prove the guilt of Kuldeep Singh Sengar beyond a reasonable doubt."

The court convicted him under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 5 (c) and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which pertains to penetrative sexual assault committed against a child by a public servant.

The co-accused Shashi Singh, who allegedly took the minor to Sengar, has been afforded the benefit of the doubt and let off by the court.

yal of faith that people put in him. All possible coercive measures were taken to harm and silence the victim," Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma said while awarding the sentence.

"Considering all the aspects, life imprisionment, and fine of Rs 25 lakh, of which Rs 10 lakh to the victim and Rs 15 lakh to the prosecution."

"Girl and her family have already been provided with home for one year. Thereafter, I am asking CBI to assess the threat measures and all possible efforts to protect her and provide her a shelter after the current shelter lapses," the court said.

The judge also observed: "I don't find any mitigating circumstances."