LUCKNOW, Dec. 20 (Reuters / EP) –
An Indian court has sentenced to life imprisonment for violation of a former deputy of the Indian Government party in what is one of the most prominent cases against the scourge of sexual abuse in the country, both for the importance of the sentenced and for the presumption that he would have tried to kill his victim to prevent him from testifying.
Former deputy Kuldeep Singh Sengar was found guilty earlier this week for raping a teenager in 2017. The young woman, desperate for police indolence, attempted suicide shortly after.
Last July, a truck crashed into the vehicle in which she was traveling. The girl survived with wounds. Two of his aunts died. The family has since lived under protection, understanding that they could be under threat, and Sengar also faces charges of murder, attempted murder, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation.
Sengar has been convicted under the Law for the Protection of Children against Sexual Offenses and must also pay a fine of $ 35,000.
The former deputy, expelled from training, maintains his innocence and has announced through his lawyer, Tanveer Ahmad Mir, who intends to appeal the sentence to the New Delhi High Court, in a process that could be extended for years.