BJP MLA among seven booked for raping woman

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BJP MLA among seven booked for raping woman

Thursday, 20 February 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

After waiting for more than a week, Bhadohi police on Wednesday finally registered a case against local BJP legislator Ravindra Nath Tripathi and six others for raping a woman repeatedly for a month in 2017.
The 40-year-old victim, a widow, had lodged a complaint on February 10 but a case was only registered on Wednesday.
“The woman alleged that she was first raped by Tripathi’s nephew Sandeep Tiwari, who was also named in the FIR, in 2017. The woman said that she did not lodge a complaint back then as Tiwari had promised to marry her,” Bhadohi’s Superintendent of Police Ram Badan Singh said.
“She alleged that in the run-up to 2017 UP Assembly polls, she was kept at a hotel for a month by Tiwari. All the seven accused would visit the hotel and repeatedly rape her. She also claimed that she got pregnant and was forced to undergo abortion,” the officer said.
“A probe in this regard was handed over to ASP Ravindra Verma and on the basis of his report, an FIR was registered against the seven accused at City police station,” the SP said.
Singh said that the victim’s statement would be recorded before a magistrate and further action would be initiated as per law.
Earlier, BJP MLA from Bangarmau, Kuldeep Sengar, and even former BJP Union minister, Swami Chinmayanand were accused of sexual assault.

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