UP BJP Leader’s Son Accused Of Rape, Survivor Says Police Shielding Accused
A 28-year-old woman has accused Apoorva Dwivedi, an intelligence officer and the son of Poonam Dwivedi, the Bundelkhand head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha’s (Women’s Wing), of pressurising her into having sex with him after making a false promise of marriage.
In India, the Supreme Court has sent out conflicting signals on the interpretation of consensual intercourse in cases where sex is obtained under the false promise of marriage. In its latest verdict, the court said, “To establish a false promise, the maker of the promise should have had no intention of upholding his word at the time of giving it.”
In an interview with HuffPost India, the woman said the Uttar Pradesh police was delaying the investigation in a bid to shield the accused, and shared a police statement, obtained under the Right to Information Act, that suggests that the UP police has sought to alter the course of their investigation after a final report had already been prepared on June 2, 2019.…
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