Amit Shah assures justice to murdered student Neha’s father; condemns violence against women

Shah also said that the BJP cannot remain with those who commit atrocities against women, referring to the sexual abuse allegations against JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna.


Published May 01, 2024 | 10:55 PMUpdatedMay 01, 2024 | 10:55 PM

Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday, 1 May, met Congress Councillor Niranjan Hiremath and assured justice for his daughter Neha, who was stabbed to death inside her college campus last month.

The 23-year-old Neha, daughter of the Congress Councillor of Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, was stabbed to death by her former classmate Fayaz Khodunaik on the campus of her college in Dharwad on 18 April.

The incident sparked widespread condemnation and protests.

After meeting Shah, Hiremath said that the union home minister assured them that justice would be done, and said that if needed, the case can be handed over to the CBI for further investigation.

Speaking to PTI Videos, Hiremath said, “Today union home minister came to Hubballi and we met him. I have given a memorandum to him stating about my daughter’s murder which happened on 18 April. Though he is aware about the incident, I still gave him a copy of the complaint and FIR. I also gave him a request letter seeking changes in the IPC section for such incidents”.

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‘Ensure capital punishment in such cases’

Hiremath urged Shah to ensure that capital punishment is given in such cases.

“I urged that such cases should be completed within 90 days or 120 days and also requested him for capital punishment in such cases,” he said.

Neha’s father said that he told Shah about the inquiry being conducted by the CID team and informed him that the accused in the case has been taken into custody and the investigation is underway.

“He (Amit Shah) assured me that we will get justice and also said that we are with you,” he added.

Shah on Wednesday said that the BJP cannot remain with those who commit atrocities against women, referring to the sexual abuse allegations against JD(S) Lok Sabha poll candidate Prajwal Revanna.

He also blamed the Congress government in Karnataka for not acting against the Hassan MP till the Lok Sabha polls in the Vokkaliga belt were over.

Prajwal is the grandson of former Prime Minister and JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda and son of former minister HD Revanna. He is seeking a re-election from Hassan on the JD(S) ticket.

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Prajwal sexual abuse row

Just before the elections, a huge cache of explicit videos and photographs, allegedly involving him have gone viral in the social media, following which the Karnataka government constituted the SIT on the request of Karnataka State Commission for Women chairperson Nagalakshmi Chowdhary.

A case has been registered against Revanna and Prajwal at Holenarasipura on a complaint by their former cook and relative for allegedly sexually harassing her. She alleged that Prajwal made video calls to her daughter and spoke in an objectionable manner, which forced her to block him.

“We (BJP) have an alliance with the JD(S). Now (Prajwal) Revanna’s CD has come. They (Congress) thought they can corner the BJP. I am making it clear here BJP cannot remain with those who commit atrocities against women,” the Home Minister said.

He said Congress is in power in the state and it should have take action.

“You did not initiate any action till the elections in the Vokkaliga belt were over. You did politics and allowed him (Prajwal Revanna) to escape. If you have guts tell the truth. Because of you, a heinous criminal fled the country,” Shah said at a public meeting.

Vokkaliga is the dominant community in the southern part of Karnataka, to which the JD(S)’ first family belongs. They wield influence in the 14 Lok Sabha seats which went to polls on 26 April. Polling in the remaining 14 seats will take place on 7 May.

The BJP’s stand was clear that stringent punishment should be given to those who commit such crimes, shah added.

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