Ex-women’s min­is­ter ar­rested on rape charge

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE for­mer women’s min­is­ter of the In­dian cap­i­tal New Delhi – who was sacked over a “sex tape” – has now been ar­rested fol­low­ing a claim by a woman shown in the tape that he raped her, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor said yes­ter­day.

San­deep Ku­mar was ar­rested on Septem­ber 3, days af­ter he was dis­missed as women’s and chil­dren’s min­is­ter of the re­gion cov­er­ing Delhi, fol­low­ing the video leak to tele­vi­sion chan­nels which showed him kiss­ing two women.

“He was ar­rested on a com­plaint filed by one of the woman seen in the video. She has al­leged Ku­mar raped her. The in­ves­ti­ga­tions have just started,” Vikramjit Singh, deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner of Delhi, told AFP.

The mar­ried woman, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, said in her com­plaint to po­lice that Mr Ku­mar spiked her drink with seda­tives be­fore sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her last year at his res­i­dence, the of­fi­cer said.

She al­leged the min­is­ter had promised her a job and help in se­cur­ing a gov­ern­ment ben­e­fits card.

Mr Singh said the sec­ond woman seen in the video has yet to be iden­ti­fied and ef­forts are be­ing made to con­tact her for her tes­ti­mony.

The nine-minute video was sent to a lo­cal news chan­nel and to Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal, who im­me­di­ately sacked Mr Ku­mar from his cab­i­net.

Only snip­pets of the “sex tape” were aired on the chan­nel, show­ing Ku­mar on a bed wear­ing only shorts and kiss­ing one of the women. A set of pho­to­graphs al­legedly show him kiss­ing another woman.

Lo­cal media re­ports say por­tions of the video show Ku­mar hav­ing sex with one of the women. Mr Ku­mar, a mar­ried fa­ther of one, has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. He says the tape was fab­ri­cated and a po­lit­i­cal con­spir­acy to tar­nish his im­age.

Delhi’s rul­ing Aam Admi Party (AAP), led by anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paigner Mr Ke­jri­wal, routed Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s BJP in last year’s elec­tions in the cap­i­tal. But it has been hit by a se­ries of con­tro­ver­sies in­volv­ing its leg­is­la­tors.

Thir­teen of its leg­is­la­tors have been charged with var­i­ous crimes in­clud­ing rape, at­tempted mur­der and cor­rup­tion since win­ning the elec­tions in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

A for­mer min­is­ter was ar­rested for al­legedly fak­ing his law de­gree last year and another was held on cor­rup­tion charges. –

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