Unnao Rape: CBI Asks To Take Action Against Three Women Officers for Inaction
The Central Bureau of Investigation asks the Uttar Pradesh Government to take action against three women officers. CBI said that the three women officers were not acting on Unnao rape survivors’ complaints of a minor’s rape in 2017.
The Unnao rape case refers to the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl on 4 June 2017 in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India. On 16 December 2019, former BJP member Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted for the rape and on 20 December sentenced to life imprisonment.
CBI has claimed that the three women officers, posted in the state at the time, failed to take action when the matter was reported. The CBI has indicated the then Unnao district magistrate Aditi Singh and two SPs (Superintendent of Police) Neha Pandey and Pushpanjali Singh.
The three women officers were found guilty of inaction against the BJP MLA as reported by the Hindustan Times. Earlier, the investigative agency had questioned them in 2018. They also refused the survivor’s complaint when her father was assaulted brutally by Sengar’s men. He later died in police custody. The girl’s father had several injuries sustained in the attack on April 9, 2018. He was not provided proper treatment during the custody, the official said.
A CBI official said the girl was first raped in June 2017, when Neha Pandey was police chief of the district. The official also said to take action against another IPS officer, Ashtabhuja Singh, who was also a Superintendent of Police in Unnao during that time. The CBI had submitted its report to the UP government in the second week of August.
Unnao rape case
In what grabbed national headlines, the rape in Unnao took place on 4 June 2017. Two cases were filed. One was against Sengar while the other was against Sengar’s brother, three policemen, and five other individuals. When the survivor approached Sengar for a job, they raped her. Later on, the survivor’s father was arrested (he later died) by Makhi police and beaten up by Sengar’s brother Atul Sengar in custody.
Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV