BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar sentenced to life imprisonment, compensation of Rs 25 lakhs to the rape survivor


Delhi: Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a woman in Unnao in 2017 by Delhi’s Tis Hazari court on Friday. The court has also ordered Sengar to pay a compensation of Rs 25 lakhs to the survivor. “This court does not find any mitigating circumstance. Sengar was public servant and betrayed people’s faith,” the judge said while declining the plea for lenient approach in sentencing him. The conduct of 53-year-old Sengar was to intimidate the rape survivor, the court said. It also directed that the rape survivor be paid an additional Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the mother of the victim. The court had on Monday convicted Sengar for rape under the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act for offence by a public servant committing penetrative sexual assault against a child after holding the victim to be a minor in 2017. The court had said the victim’s testimony was “truthful and unblemished” against a “powerful person”.