Victim says she used to call accused MLA Bhaiyya until he raped her last June; an FIR has been lodged against MLA Kuldeep Sengar after the UP govt’s decision to give the case to the CBI
The Hush Post: Giving the horrific details of the ordeal they are undergoing, the Unnao rape victim has revealed that their family earlier used to have cordial relations with the family of accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and she used to call the accused as “Bhaiyya” (brother).
In an interview with the Indian Express, the victim girl has said that their houses were situated opposite each other’s in Makhi village. She said that she and her siblings addressed Kuldeep Singh Sengar “Bhaiyya” until June last year, when the MLA and his brother gang raped her. In June last year, she had gone to the MLA’s residence with a relative as Sengar had offered her a “job”.
“It was June 4 last year. I was asked to go inside a room, where he raped me. Later, I was told that my father and family would be killed if I opened my mouth. I did not speak about it to anyone until I was kidnapped by some of his people a few days later, on June 11. They gangraped me for a few days and sold me to someone from whom I was recovered,” The Indian Express quoted the 17-year-old rape victim as saying.
The police have booked Sengar for the alleged gang rape following the UP government’s decision to give the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). An FIR has been lodged against Sengar under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
“Hum sab unhen Bhaiyya kehte the. Humare bade papa unke sath the. Kabhi-Kabhi woh (MLA) ghar aate the aur daadi se kehte the ki anda fry karke khilao, toh daadi unhe banake khilati thi (All of us used to call him brother. The elder brother of my father was with him. Sometimes, the MLA used to come home and ask my grandmother to prepare egg fry for him, and she used to do it),” the victim girl was quoted by the daily.
An FIR has been lodged against MLA Sengar and his brother Atul Singh Sengar days after the victim girl’s father died in judicial custody. The police have already arrested Atul Singh Sengar, for allegedly beating up victim’s father.
The victim told The Indian Express that as soon as she returned home after the alleged gang rape in June 2017, her family shifted her to Delhi with her uncle. “It was at their home in Delhi that I first shared details of the entire incident with my aunt, who then informed my uncle,” the victim told the daily.
“On August 17, 2017, my uncle and I went to Lucknow and submitted an application to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his residence. He gave it to some others standing with him but nothing happened. Neither me nor my father could come back to the village,” said the victim, adding that she dropped out of school after Class VI about five years ago, “like other girls due to constant harassment by local boys”.
Last week when she heard about her father getting beaten up, she decided to to meet the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath again.
“Those at the gate said he was not there. We requested to meet his subordinates but they refused. I felt that I was the cause of all the trouble for the entire family and had brought kerosene with me. I took it out and poured it on myself. But instead of me, my father was killed,” the said while speaking to the daily.
“Mere papa ko khub mara… pani dal-dal ke maar rahe they neem ke ped se bandhke… koi nahin bola… daadi toh wahin behosh ho gayi thi… hum wahan wapas nahin jayenge (My father was beaten badly… they were pouring water on him while beating him after tying him to a neem tree… no one said anything…. my grandmother fainted right there… we won’t go back),” a 11-year-old sister of the victim told the daily.
“When they could pick up the male member of our family from our house in front of the entire village and beat him publicly with their guns and cane sticks, you can imagine our plight. How can we be secure now? They can pick any one of us at night and our bodies would not be found,” victim’s mother said.
The family’s male members and two daughters, including the victim, did not return to the village after the incident, the report said.
The rape victim has reportedly said she will continue fighting till she gets justice. “Usne kaha tha ki agar bologi kisi ko toh tumhare papa ko aur parivar ko khatam kar denge. Usne kar diya aur abhi bhi muskurake ghoom raha hai (He had told me that if I confide in anyone, he would finish my papa and family. He has done it and is now moving around with a smile),” The Indian Express quoted the victim as saying.
“Jaan de denge, wapas nahin jayenge… lekin ladai ladenge. FIR se kya hota hai, un sabki giraftari honi chahiye (I will give up my life, I won’t go back… but I won’t stop fighting. What happens with an FIR? They should all be arrested).”
Now, victim’s entire family, comprising of the victim herself, her three sisters, a 5-year-old brother, mother, grandmother, uncle and aunt, is living in hotel rooms provided by the district administration in Unnao.