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Unnao rape case: Former BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar found guilty

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Kuldeep Sengar is a former BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh
A former lawmaker from India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been convicted of rape in one of the year's most high-profile cases. Kuldeep Sengar, 51, was tried under child protection laws as the survivor was 17 when she was assaulted in 2017. The case first came to national attention last year when the woman tried to set herself on fire, alleging police inaction. She was seriously injured in a suspicious car crash in July. While she survived, both her aunts, who had been travelling with her, died and her lawyer was seriously wounded.
Sengar is due to be sentenced on Tuesday and could be imprisoned for life.The woman, who can't be named under Indian laws, alleges that she had approached Sengar for a job in June 2017 - and she was kidnapped and raped for more than a week by him and others.
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Unnao rape case: Former BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar found guilty

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This was after the crash which happened in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where Sengar was a lawmaker from Unnao district. The woman's mother accused Sengar of orchestrating the accident - a charge he denied. The federal police are still investigating these allegations.
The case has sparked several protests through the year
The family also accused Sengar's brother, Atul Sengar, of assaulting the woman's father in April 2018. The police charged five men for the attack but they also arrested her father on the charge of illegally possessing firearms. He died later in prison.Days later, she attempted to set herself on fire outside the home of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, alleging that she had been repeatedly thwarted in her pursuit of justice.India's federal investigation agency took over the case and arrested Atul Sengar and 10 others on charges of murder. The case is still ongoing. Atul Sengar has not responded to the charges. Monday's verdict comes in the wake of the gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet in the southern city of Hyderabad that made global headlines last month.
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