SC to hear Unnao victim’s letter

SC to hear Unnao victim’s letter

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Taking cognisance of a letter written to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by the Unnao rape survivor and her family members, the Supreme Court has decided to hear the matter on Thursday.

A Bench headed by Mr. Justice  Gogoi sought an explanation from the Supreme Court Secretary General as to why the July 12 letter written by the rape survivor and her family members was not brought to his knowledge till Tuesday.

The letter, written in Hindi, by the rape survivor and family members had accused the BJP MLA Kuldip Singh Sengar's relatives of threatening them with dire consequences if they did not agree to settle the rape case with Sengar. 'Unfortunately, I was informed about the letter only yesterday and I am yet to see it... Newspapers have reported as if no action was taken... We will try to do something in this highly volatile situation," the CJI said.

The senior advocate,   V Giri, assisting the top court in a suo motu case on sexual offences against children, mentioned the matter seeking listing of child abuse cases linking the Unnao case. Giri requested the Bench to direct the Uttar Pradesh counsel to appear before it on Thursday with the medical report of the Unnao rape survivor -- who is struggling for life after an accident.

The family of the survivor had written to the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as they apprehended threat to their lives from the accused. The letter narrated how on July 7-8 some people allegedly associated with accused MLA threatened her family with dire consequences. They demanded registration of an FIR against those who intimidated them. Besides the CJI, the letter was also addressed to the Allahabad High Court and several authorities of the UP Government.

The letter signed, by surviver, her mother and aunt stated that on July 7 Naveen Singh, son of an accused in the case, Shashi Singh, Manoj Singh, brother of another accused, Kuldeep Singh, and one Kunnu Mishra had visited their house and threatened them. Another person went to their house the very next day.