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Criticism is a goldmine for me, but it is turning into allegations: PM Modi

Fielding questions during his ‘Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme at Central Hall Westminster, Prime Minister Modi addressed a range of issues, including the criticism his government has been facing over the Unnao and Kathua rape cases.
Members of the Sikh community protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in London on Wednesday. Modi is in UK as a part of a five-day international tour.(PTI)
Members of the Sikh community protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in London on Wednesday. Modi is in UK as a part of a five-day international tour.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2018 09:31 AM IST
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In London, PM Modi confronted by protests over rising sexual violence in India

Modi is in Britain for bilateral engagements as well as multilateral discussions as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Demonstrators stage a protest against the visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament Square, London, Britain, April 18, 2018 over the rising tide of sexual violence in India.(REUTERS)
Demonstrators stage a protest against the visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament Square, London, Britain, April 18, 2018 over the rising tide of sexual violence in India.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 18, 2018 07:38 PM IST
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Unnao rape case: CBI team collects biometrics evidence from MLA’s house

The Central Bureau of Investigation intensified its investigations into the Unnao rape case on Tuesday bringing in experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory to victim’s village in Makhi.
CBI officials in Makhi village on Tuesday.(Sourced)
CBI officials in Makhi village on Tuesday.(Sourced)
Published on Apr 18, 2018 12:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Unnao | By HT Correspondent, Unnao

Unnao rape victim’s uncle says MLA’s aides filed 5 cases to intimidate him

A 17-year-old Unnao girl accused the BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her last year. Sengar was arrested last week and the CBI has taken over the investigation.
Peoples protest against the rape and murder of minors in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, in Kolkata on April 17, 2018.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Peoples protest against the rape and murder of minors in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, in Kolkata on April 17, 2018.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2018 12:46 PM IST
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Political and social groups protest against Kathua, Unnao rape cases

Few protestors came out under the banner of Muslim Mahasang with black ribbons on their arms, while few others expressed their anger by waving flags and slogans containing messages for women protection.
Candle march carried out by residents in protest of the gangrape incidents of Kathua and Unnao on Sunday in Kota.(A.H Zaidi/HT PHOTO)
Candle march carried out by residents in protest of the gangrape incidents of Kathua and Unnao on Sunday in Kota.(A.H Zaidi/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 16, 2018 10:04 PM IST
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Medical report from last year says Unnao rape survivor was 19 years old

The accused, BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act since the rape survivor was believed to be a minor at the time of the crime.
People gather to protest the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, and a teenager in UP’s Unnao, in Mumbai on Sunday. The incidents have spurred public anger and led to demands of a death penalty for the culprits.(Reuters)
People gather to protest the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, and a teenager in UP’s Unnao, in Mumbai on Sunday. The incidents have spurred public anger and led to demands of a death penalty for the culprits.(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 16, 2018 09:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kanpur | By Haidar Naqvi

Top politicians, policemen, bureaucrats on CBI radar in Unnao rape case

Preliminary investigation indicated that several senior leaders of the ruling party and MLAs pressured the police to ignore the victim’s complaint.
People take part in a protest against Unnao and Kathua rapes, at Parliament Street in New Delhi on Sunday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
People take part in a protest against Unnao and Kathua rapes, at Parliament Street in New Delhi on Sunday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2018 08:26 AM IST
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Unnao rape co-accused Shashi Singh sent to 4-day CBI custody

Shashi Singh was arrested based on the complaint of the victim’s mother who said Singh took her daughter to prime accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s residence, where the girl was allegedly raped.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers protest the incidence of crimes against girls in Unnao and Kathua, at Parliament Street, in New Delhi, on Sunday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers protest the incidence of crimes against girls in Unnao and Kathua, at Parliament Street, in New Delhi, on Sunday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 15, 2018 11:11 PM IST
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Karnataka Cong leader tells people to hit CM Adityanath with slippers, draws BJP’s ire

The state Congress working president, Dinesh Gundu Rao, apologised for his remarks, saying he made them in an ‘emotional outburst’ over the Yogi Adityanath government’s apathy towards the Unnao rape victim.
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has been under fire after a teenager accused a BJP lawmaker of raping her last year.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has been under fire after a teenager accused a BJP lawmaker of raping her last year.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 15, 2018 09:37 PM IST
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CBI arrests woman who allegedly lured Unnao rape victim to meet MLA Sengar

The CBI made its second arrest in the Unnao rape case, taking into custody Shashi Singh based on the complaint by the victim’s mother.
People carry placards demanding justice in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, in Ahmedabad on April 13, 2018.(Reuters)
People carry placards demanding justice in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, in Ahmedabad on April 13, 2018.(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 14, 2018 10:32 PM IST
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BJP’s Kuldeep Singh Sengar sent to 7-day CBI custody in Unnao rape case

Kuldeep Singh Sengar has maintained his innocence in the face of rape accusations by a 17-year-old girl from Unnao.
BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar being produced at a CBI court in Lucknow on April 14, 2018. The legislator was arrested on Friday in connection with the rape of a teenager in Unnao last year.(Deepak Gupta /HT Photo)
BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar being produced at a CBI court in Lucknow on April 14, 2018. The legislator was arrested on Friday in connection with the rape of a teenager in Unnao last year.(Deepak Gupta /HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2018 11:14 PM IST
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Rahul asks PM Modi when justice will be delivered in Kathua, Unnao rape cases

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at an event in Delhi he wants to “assure the nation that no criminal will be spared” and justice will be delivered to its daughters.
In a tweet late Friday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for breaking his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.(PTI)
In a tweet late Friday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for breaking his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2018 10:11 AM IST
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How Rahul Gandhi sprung a surprise with India Gate vigil for Kathua, Unnao rape victims

Rahul Gandhi, and the Congress, seemed to have learned from their earlier mistake of taking days to react to the December 16 rape in 2012 that galvanised citizens across the country to demand justice.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi takes part in a candle light vigil at India Gate to protest against the growing incidents of violence against the children and women, in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi takes part in a candle light vigil at India Gate to protest against the growing incidents of violence against the children and women, in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2018 07:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Lekhi’s comments spark war of words with Congress over Kathua rape

Meenakshi Lekhi, a BJP spokesperson, said opposition parties were selectively highlighting crimes to target the saffron party, sparking a war of words with the Congress.
BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi was accused of being insensitive for her remarks(Sanchit Khanna/ HT File Photo)
BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi was accused of being insensitive for her remarks(Sanchit Khanna/ HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 13, 2018 10:50 PM IST
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BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar arrested by CBI in Unnao rape case

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who has been charged with raping a teenager, was questioned by CBI for 15 hours in Lucknow.
BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar outside the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police in Lucknow, on Wednesday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar outside the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police in Lucknow, on Wednesday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2018 09:47 PM IST
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Justice will be delivered in Kathua, Unnao rape cases, promises Rajnath Singh

Home Minister condemns the rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl in Kathua, also says Yogi Adityanath government intends to punish the guilty in the Unnao case.
People display a placards as they take part in a candlelight march at the India Gate in protest over Kathua gangrape case in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
People display a placards as they take part in a candlelight march at the India Gate in protest over Kathua gangrape case in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2018 10:27 AM IST
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Amid outrage over Kathua and Unnao rapes, Modi promises complete justice

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, referring to the Unnao and Kathua rape cases, said the government of India will do everything possible bring culprits to justice
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inaugural of the Dr Ambedkar National Memorial at 26 Alipur Road in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inaugural of the Dr Ambedkar National Memorial at 26 Alipur Road in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2018 10:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji

Allahabad HC directs CBI to arrest BJP legislator Kuldeep Sengar in Unnao rape case

The Allahabad high court directed the central agency to carry out the investigation strictly in accordance with the law and consider filing an application for the cancellation of the bail granted to other accused in the Unnao rape case.
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the rape of a 17-year-old girl last year in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, speaks to reporters in Lucknow, on April 11.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT file photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the rape of a 17-year-old girl last year in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, speaks to reporters in Lucknow, on April 11.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2018 03:57 PM IST
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Allahabad, Hindustan Times | By Jitendra Sarin

Local influence, hold over upper caste votes: Reasons behind Sengar’s clout in Unnao

Sengar is a four-time MLA. In 2002, he contested assembly election as a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from Unnao Sadar constituency and emerged victorious.
BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar, accused in a rape case, out side of the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police in Lucknow on Wednesday night.(PTI Photo)
BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar, accused in a rape case, out side of the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police in Lucknow on Wednesday night.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2018 08:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajesh Kumar Singh

Central ministers defend UP govt’s response to Unnao rape, say they mean ‘beti bachao’

The rape allegations by an Unnao teenager against BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar is back in focus after the victim tried to immolate herself outside UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s residence on Sunday alleging police inaction.
People hold placards to protest the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua (Jammu) and the rape of an Unnao teenager in Uttar Pradesh, in New Delhi on April 12, 2018.(Reuters)
People hold placards to protest the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua (Jammu) and the rape of an Unnao teenager in Uttar Pradesh, in New Delhi on April 12, 2018.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 12, 2018 07:31 PM IST
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Sengar to Prajapati: UP politicians accused of crimes against women

Prominent SP and BSP leaders have been accused of rape and had used their clout to evade arrest and harass the complainants. The long arm of law finally caught up with some of them.
A 17-year-old girl has accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of rape.(HT Photo/Subhankar Chakraborty)
A 17-year-old girl has accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of rape.(HT Photo/Subhankar Chakraborty)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 05:55 PM IST
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Not arresting rape accused BJP MLA Sengar is breach of law: legal experts

Legal experts say the POCSO Act provides for immediate arrest of the accused. Others say action should be taken against police for not arresting Sengar immediately after he was booked for rape.
Legal experts say Sengar (pictured) has been booked for cognizable offence and non-bailable offences under which he is required for immediate custodial interrogation by the police.(HT Photo/Subhankar Chakraborty)
Legal experts say Sengar (pictured) has been booked for cognizable offence and non-bailable offences under which he is required for immediate custodial interrogation by the police.(HT Photo/Subhankar Chakraborty)
Published on Apr 12, 2018 05:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Chetan Chauhan, New Delhi

Congress attacks PM Modi for ‘silence’ over Unnao rape case

Congress leader Kapil Sibal asks PM to observe fast over rape incidents, seeks arrest of rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal said PM Modi is ‘not serious’ about crimes against women across the country.(HT/File Photo)
Congress leader Kapil Sibal said PM Modi is ‘not serious’ about crimes against women across the country.(HT/File Photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 03:54 PM IST
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SIT to probe Unnao rape case, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s brother arrested

Atul Singh Sengar was arrested for attacking the Unnao rape victim’s father on April 3, which allegedly resulted in his death on Monday.
BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar speaks to the media outside Chief Minister's office in Lucknow on Monday. He is an accused in the Unnao rape case.(PTI)
BJP MLA from Unnao Kuldip Singh Sengar speaks to the media outside Chief Minister's office in Lucknow on Monday. He is an accused in the Unnao rape case.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 10, 2018 11:29 PM IST
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All that has happened in Unnao rape case, a timeline

Father of the woman, who had accused a BJP MLA and his aides of rape, died in judicial custody on Monday.
The 18-year-old woman had accused a BJP MLA of rape in 2017.(ANI photo)
The 18-year-old woman had accused a BJP MLA of rape in 2017.(ANI photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2018 10:52 AM IST
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