Unnao rape: India murder probe over fatal crash

Police in India have opened a murder investigation against a ruling party lawmaker after a fatal crash involving a woman who had accused him of rape.The woman was seriously injured in the crash in Uttar Pradesh state on Sunday. Two of her aunts were killed and her lawyer was seriously injured.

Her family and opposition MPs have alleged the crash was a deliberate attempt on her life.BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar is in jail awaiting trial charged with raping her.

He was charged under India’s stringent child protection laws, since the teenager was a minor in 2017, when she claims he attacked her. But he has consistently denied the allegations.Mr Sengar’s lawyer, Awadhesh Singh, told Reuters that Sunday’s crash was “just an accident” and that the allegations were intended to politically damage his client

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