CBI gets Unnao rape survivor's statement recorded in court
By Namita Bajpai | Express News Service | Published: 16th April 2018 09:36 PM |
LUCKNOW: A four-member team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) brought the Unnao rape survivor and her family from to its Lucknow headquarters on Monday. The rape survivor was then taken
by the investigative officer of the probe agency to special CBI court where her statements were recorded under Section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Walking out of the court, the girl expressed contentment over the progress of investigations into the case saying that she was now hopeful that justice would be meted out to her. The family was, thereafter, taken back to Unnao where they were shifted to a hotel from a state government guest house under a heavy security blanket.
Sources privy to the probe said that the girl was produced before a magistrate where she gave the statements about the incident which took place on June 4, 2017. The CBI team will now match the
statements and then cross-examine the accused MLA and co-accused Shashi Singh. The CBI teams is likely to take the BJP MLA and Shashi Singh to the spot during recreation of crime scene. A CBI senior official also said that there were some serious concerns about the safety and security of the accused and her family members. “As a result, of which we are not taking them to the spot for now,” he added.
Meanwhile, the probe agency was faced with a tricky situation during the course of investigation into the case involving BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar who is already in CBI custody remand for seven days. As the rape survivor has accused the MLA and his accomplices of raping her on multiple occasion in June, 2017, UP police failed to collect any scientific evidence in the case. The girl from Makhi police station area of Unnao had claimed that after being raped by Sengar on June 4, 2017, she was abducted on June 10, 2017 and raped by three youths -- Shubham Singh, Brijesh Yadav and Awadh Narayan – of the same
village repeatedly between June 11, 2017 and June 20, 2017 when she was finally recovered by the Unnao police working on the complaint of her mother filed on June 20, 2017 itself.
Neglecting the set guidelines for handling such offences, Unnao cops took no pains to collect samples from girl’s private parts or clothes she was wearing during the incident to be forwarded to forensic laboratory for DNA or biological examination to corroborate her claims. However, the three youths were booked last year after the incident under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 506, at Makhi police station on June 20, 2017.
Sources confirmed that a vaginal swab was preserved when the girl had undergone medical examination at Unnao hospital on June 21, last year, but it was never sent to the laboratory. Neither the investigating officer bothered to send the clothes the girl was wearing when she was sexually assaulted by the three youths. While framing charges against the three accused on August 1, 2017, investigating officer in his charge-sheet relied upon girl’s statement before magistrate and medical examination report that confirmed signs of sexual violence on girl’s body.