Kuldeep Sengar gets life in jail over Unnao rape case .... Breaks down in court
A Delhi court on Friday sentenced expelled BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar to life in prison in the 2017 Unnao case for raping a minor. Sengar broke down in the courtroom at Tis Hazari District Court complex.
New Delhi, Dec 20: A Delhi court on Friday sentenced expelled BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar to life in prison in the 2017 Unnao case for raping a minor.
"He is a public servant...There was betrayal 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."
Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar broke down in the courtroom at Tis Hazari District Court complex after he was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday in the 2017 Unnao rape case.
Sengar was found crying along with his daughter and sister.
The MLA was also seen crying after the judge had held him guilty on Monday.
District Judge Dharmesh Sharma imposed an exemplary fine of Rs 25 lakh in the case which has to be paid within a month.
"This court does not find any mitigating circumstance. Sengar was public servant and betrayed people's faith," the judge said while declining the plea for lenient approach in sentencing him.
The court also said the conduct of Sengar was to intimidate the rape survivor.
It also directed that the rape survivor be paid an additional Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the mother of the victim.
The court had on Monday convicted Sengar for rape under the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act for offence by a public servant committing penetrative sexual assault against a child after holding the victim to be a minor.
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