Headlines December 21, 2019
Ex MLA Sengar gets life sentence for rape
Former BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar has been sentenced to life in jail for the rape of a minor. The court had found Sengar guilty of raping the woman from Unnao in UP, when she was a minor in 2017.
Life sentence is the maximum punishment and sending out a strict message, the court also added that Sengar will remain in jail for “remainder of his natural biological life”.
“The convict was a key democratic functionary being representative of the people and the offence committed by the convict has eroded the faith of the people to whom he owed allegiance and a duty to exhibit upright moral behaviour and probity in personal and public life,” the court said.
The court has also ordered Sengar to pay Rs 25 lakh to the victim as compensation.
“Although no amount of compensation shall be enough to bring back her lost life and compensate for the anguish, humiliation and indignity suffered by the victim and her family, a reasonable and fair compensation shall at least bring some solace to their plight,” the court said.
The CBI has been ordered by the court to ensure necessary protection to the victim and her family.
The family is currently staying at a rented house in Delhi and the court has ordered that UP government will pay Rs 15,000 per month as rent.
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