The Unnao rape case witnessed new developments on Thursday as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a charge-sheet accusing three men of gang-raping the Unnao rape survivor, a week after she was allegedly raped by former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017.
According to the investigative agency, the teen was raped by the three men on June 11, 2017, when she was a minor. CBI has named Naresh Tiwari, Brijesh Yadav Singh and Shubham Singh for kidnapping and gang- raping the woman a week after the June 4 incident.
Shubham Singh is the son of Shashi Singh, an accomplice of prime accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who had allegedly tempted the woman and taken her to the MLA’s house on June 4. Shashi Singh and is a co-accused in that case. They all are out on bail.
The chargesheet was filed at Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court of District Judge Dharmesh Sharma as a separate case.The court listed the case for October 10 after CBI sought time to file additional documents and a list of witnesses to be examined.
On July 28, the car in which the rape survivor, her lawyer and two of her aunts were travelling was hit by a speeding truck in Rae Bareli. The accident killed both her aunts and left the other two seriously injured. Brought to AIIMS last month, both the rape survivor and her lawyer remained on advanced life support systems and were being treated by a multidisciplinary team from the critical care, orthopaedics, trauma surgery and pulmonary medicine departments. She was recently released from hospital and has alleged a threat to her life. The car crash too is being investigated.
Unnao rape case made it to the headlines on April 8, 2018, when the rape victim attempted to immolate herself in front of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence when her father died in police custody the following day and video clips of him being brutally beaten by Kuldeep Sengar’s brother Atul Sengar emerged on social media.
On April 13, Kuldeep Sengar was arrested. He is in jail and awaiting trial.