Unnao rape victim's second aunt cremated

The body of the Unnao rape survivor's aunt, who was killed in an accident in Rae Bareli district, was consigned to flames in her village, about 70 kilometres from here on Thursday. File photo

The body of the Unnao rape survivor's aunt, who was killed in an accident in Rae Bareli district, was consigned to flames in her village, about 70 kilometres from here on Thursday.

Her mortal remains were brought to the village in the Subeha area here from Lucknow amid tight security.

The last rites were performed by her son in the presence of her two daughters. The woman was a widow.

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As soon as the body arrived, the family members broke down and started crying inconsolably. Some of them cursed jailed BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar, holding him responsible for the woman's death.

With tears streaming down her eyes, one of the woman's daughters told media persons that "the accident, in which my mother was killed, was orchestrated by the MLA (Sengar)".

"It is nothing but a well-planned murder," she alleged.

The daughter said her mother was staying with the rape victim for the last nine months and pursued the case in the court.

"Though the loss of my mother could not be compensated, a job to my brother will ensure that the family earn a livelihood," she said.

She said, "our only demand to Modiji and Yogiji" is that the family is adequately compensated.

The rape victim's another aunt, who was also killed in the truck-car collision in Rae Bareli on Sunday, was cremated on the banks of the Ganges in Unnao on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements.

The rape victim's uncle, who was granted a short-term bail to attend the last rites of his wife, was brought to the Ganga ghat from the Rae Bareli district jail to attend the ritual.

A speeding truck had hit the car in which the Unnao rape victim was travelling in Rae Bareli, killing her two aunts and leaving her and a lawyer critically injured.

The CBI has taken up the investigation into the incident after the family members alleged "conspiracy" behind it.

The central investigating agency booked 10 people in the case, including Sengar who is already in jail, charged with the rape of the Unnao woman when she was a minor in 2017.

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