India has a lot of laws that are meant to protect a rape victim. But in a country ruled by corrupt lawmakers, it is difficult for a rape victim to exercise her rights, especially when the accused is from a political party. Going up against a 'Neta' in our country means that you are going to have to deal with things like goons showing up at your home threatening to kill you. In such cases, a girl is pressurised by the accused to drop the case. While some accused threaten their victims, some of them go to the extent of silencing them forever.
A recent development in the Unnao rape case stands as proof that horrible things can happen to a victim after she accuses someone.
The Unnao rape case dates back to 2017 when the victim accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of kidnapping and raping her. After a huge political debate, Sengar was booked under various sections of the IPC and POSCO Act.
Things got worse for the victim and her family after that. When the girl decided to self immolate outside Yogi Adityanath's house, her father died in police custody under mysterious circumstances. Soon after that, a key witness in the case also died under mysterious circumstances.
The Victim's uncle was allegedly framed and put in jail for a forgery case and the same case was booked against the victim. On 28th July, the victim was returning from Rae Bareli after meeting her uncle who was jailed when her car was hit by a truck with blacked out number plates which was driving on the wrong side of the road. While the victim and her lawyer survived, her aunt and another relative were killed in the crash.
The truck driver who had fled the spot was arrested within a few hours. The victim and her lawyer are critically injured and are currently fighting for their lives.
After considering the possibility of a conspiracy to eliminate the victim, Sengar, his brother and eight others have been booked under murder charges. The UP Police had initially ruled out the conspiracy angle but after recent developments, they have handed over the case to the CBI.
In a statement, Director General of Police O P Singh said, "The state government is ready for recommending a CBI probe into the Sunday's mishap in Rae Bareli if the victim's mother or any relative makes any request in this regard,"
The victims family is now praying for her recovery so that Sengar is brought to justice.