'We Left Survivor & Kin to Fight Alone': How Fear Gripped Unnao - By Aishwarya Iyer - IAMC
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‘We Left Survivor & Kin to Fight Alone’: How Fear Gripped Unnao – By Aishwarya Iyer

“Voh MLA hain, unke paas apne aadmi hain. Hum unke baare mein kuch bole toh maare jayengein, (he is an MLA and has his henchmen. If we speak against him, we will be killed),” 70-year-old farmer Sonaram tells The Quint, sitting a stone’s throw away from the Unnao rape survivor’s home, some 70 kilometres from Lucknow.

The fear that grips villagers when BJP MLa Kuldeep Sengar’s name is uttered is palpable. They are sympathetic towards the survivor’s family but tell us they severed communication with them, did not provide them moral support and refrained from inviting them for functions… leaving them to fight their battle alone.’…

Since the survivor – who at 17 sought a job from Sengar – said he had raped her, the family has witnessed four deaths.… The survivor’s father had been the first to succumb. In April 2018, he was killed in police custody, allegedly by police torture. The circumstances of his death are murky. In November 2018, the police picked up his brother (rape survivor’s uncle) for beating up the BJP MLA’s brother.…