Uttar Pradesh BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar was today charged with the rape of a 16-year-old who had tried to kill herself in front of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's home on Sunday after months of trying to get the police to act on her complaint.
'The government doesn't want to save anyone,' asserted UP police chief OP Singh, referring to the accused politician as a 'maananiya vidhayak (respected legislator)'.
The teen from Unnao, around 50 km from Lucknow, has accused the legislator of raping her in June last year. Though the lawmaker has been charged under a tough law for sexual crimes against children, he will not be arrested just yet. 'Why should we arrest him? We have mentioned his name in the FIR (First Information Report). Now, CBI can take over the investigation,' the police chief said.
State Home Secretary Arvind Kumar added, 'The charges against vidhayak-ji will be investigated. If there is any merit in them, then action will be taken.'
All this week, Kuldeep Singh Sengar has strutted around denying the accusation, disparaging the girl and her family and hitting out at the media. During that time, his brother Atul Singh was arrested for a brutal assault on the girl's father, who was not just arrested with severe wounds on his body but who died on Monday in custody. He 'had not been treated properly', a Special Investigation Team has found.
The teen and her family have been put up in a hotel near their village with guards, for protection, by the administration.