Un­nao sur­vivor records state­ment

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION -

LUCKNOW: The Un­nao rape vic­tim recorded her state­ment in a CBI court here on Mon­day and said she had com­plete faith in the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency, which reg­is­tered a fourth FIR in the case to in­clude charges of gang rape and kid­nap­ping.

The Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, which took over the probe from po­lice, brought the woman from Un­nao to present her in front of spe­cial ju­di­cial mag­is­trate (CBI) Sapna Tri­pathi.

The state­ment was recorded un­der Sec­tion 164 of the crim­i­nal pro­ce­dure code. Made un­der oath, such a state­ment can’t be re­tracted and if it is, then per­jury charge can be brought. In rape cases, vic­tims are of­ten pres­sured into with­draw­ing the charge.

The main ac­cused in the Un­nao case is BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sen­gar, who rep­re­sents Un­nao’s Ban­gar­mau in the assem­bly. The state­ment was recorded for five hours be­hind closed doors and no one was al­lowed in the mag­is­trate’s cham­ber as the woman’s mother, younger brother and CBI of­fi­cials waited out­side. While leav­ing the court, the woman yelled out, “I have full faith in CBI and I will get jus­tice.” Ac­cord­ing to CBI sources, she nar­rated her or­deal and se­quence of events that un­folded since June 4 last year when she was al­legedly raped by Sen­gar.

The CBI team later left for Un­nao with the woman. The team was likely to recre­ate the crime scene and also bring the vic­tim and Sen­gar face-to-face.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors were likely to take Shashi Singh, the woman ac­cused by the vic­tim’s mother of tak­ing her daugh­ter to Sen­gar’s res­i­dence, to Makhi, the vic­tim’s vil­lage.

Dur­ing the day, CBI also reg­is­tered a case of gang rape and kid­nap­ping, the fourth FIR in the case.

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