BJP leaders

Licence to rape?

Print edition : May 11, 2018

Swami Chinmayananda, a former Union Minister. The Uttar Pradesh government withdrew a rape case against him without giving any explanation. Photo: A. Muralitharan

Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao. A complaint of rape was filed against him in 2000. He spent a month in jail but was later released for lack of evidence. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Raghavji, former Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister, being arrested in Bhopal in July 2013 following sodomy allegations levelled against him by his domestic worker. Photo: A.M. Faruqui

An All India Mahila Congress protest in front of the BJP headquarters in New Delhi in February 2017 against a rape incident in Naliya, Kutch. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Many prominent BJP leaders, including legislators, have cases of sexual assault against them, particularly in States ruled by the party.
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