India: Teen who accused BJP leader of rape critical after crash

An Indian teenager who accused a senior politician of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her in 2017, is fighting for her life after being critically injured in a crash.

The accident killed girl’s two aunts.One of the aunts killed was a witness in the rape case, raising suspicions of foul play.

Police official said, the 19-year-old woman and her lawyer were in a hospital battling for their lives after a truck hit the car in which they were travelling on Sunday.

Relatives of the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the crash was a deliberate attempt to kill her so the rape case does not go to trial.

They say the girl’s security officers informed Sengar and his associates about her travel plans. None of the security officers had accompanied her on the trip but they deny involvement.

Police said they had arrested the truck driver and were investigating the claims.

The case of rape against legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar in India’s most populous state has caused an embarrassment for Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s BJP

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