Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Aafaq Khan has been booked for sexually exploiting a woman and blackmailing her. The SP leader representing Kannauj district in Uttar Pradesh who is married with eight children has been sexually exploiting the victim for the last 5 years and threatening to malign her reputation, in case she brought it out in the open. According to the victim, Khan always carries a weapon and threatens her of dire consequences if she tries to resist him.
“Aafaq Khan is married with eight children but since 2014, he has been sexually exploiting me and threatens to malign my reputation. He holds me captive and mentally tortures me. He has also been threatening to defame me on social media,” said the 36-year-old victim in the FIR, furthering: “I am now seriously ill and want to be freed from his clutches. Aafaq Khan carries a firearm and threatens to kill me if I offer any resistance.”
The victim allegedly came in contact with Aafaq Khan, leader of the Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha who has now been booked, when she was looking for a job after the death of her father.
According to sources in Kannauj police station, the FIR against the SP leader was registered on December 4, 2019, and investigations into the case have been initiated.
The FIR has been lodged at the Chhibramau police station of Kannauj district under sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (rape), 500 (punishment for defamation), and 508 (whoever voluntarily causes or attempts to cause any person to do anything which that person is not legally bound to do) of IPC.
Notably, Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh until 2019 has been Samajwadi Party’s bastion. Wife of Samajwadi Party supremo and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Dimple Yadav, won Kannauj in a by-election in 2012 and then in 2014. Prior to her, Akhilesh Yadav had won the seat thrice in 2000, 2004 and 2009. The SP lost the seat to BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.