Unnao rape victim records statement before judge at AIIMS trauma centre

Sengar at Tiz Hazari Court in New Delhi. (file/Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Trial proceedings in the Unnao rape case began on Wednesday inside the AIIMS trauma centre, with the victim recording her statement before District Judge Dharmesh Sharma. The Delhi High Court had granted the trial court permission to hold proceedings inside Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre of AIIMS.

On September 7, the Delhi court hearing the case issued instructions to hold in-camera proceedings at the AIIMS trauma centre to record testimony of the victim. District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma directed that recording of testimony of the victim will begin on September 11 and continue on a day-to-day basis until it is completed.

The accused in the crape ase, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was brought to AIIMS before the day’s proceedings began. The expelled BJP MLA has also been booked for murder in the accident case in which the victim and her lawyer sustained serious injuries while her two aunts died.

Earlier this month, the CBI recorded the victim’s statement in the accident case.

The UP government has drawn severe criticism for failing to provide security to the 19-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped by the BJP MLA in 2017.

Her uncle, who is lodged in a Rae Bareli prison, has alleged that false cases were slapped against him by people close to Sengar for not yielding to the pressure after his niece accused the MLA of sexual assault. Her uncle, whose wife died in the accident, has also alleged that police did not pay heed to complaints by the woman s family.

The UP Police on July 29 filed a murder case against Sengar and nine others after the woman s family filed a complaint, alleging conspiracy behind the car crash. The case was later transferred to the CBI.