Questions Over India Teen Rape Victim’s Car Crash
30 July 2019 International News
Report says a teenager who accused a ruling party lawmaker of rape in 2017 has been seriously injured in a road accident in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state.
According to the report, the 19-year-old was travelling with her lawyer and two relatives when their car was hit by a lorry on a state highway.
The two female relatives of the girl have died and her lawyer is also in hospital with serious injuries.
The girl’s mother has alleged foul play, saying that the collision was not an accident and demanding justice.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping the teenager, has been in custody for more than a year. He denies the accusations against him.
He has been charged under India’s stringent child protection laws since the teenager was a minor when she was attacked.
Local police officer Rakesh Singh said that the truck driver and owner of the vehicle have been arrested and taken in for questioning. Reports say the vehicle’s registration plate was smeared with black paint.