If JD(S) and BJP leaders respect women, they should visit sexual abuse victims, says Dy CM Shivakumar

The alleged sexual abuse scandal involving Prajwal is being investigated by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Karnataka government.

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Published May 01, 2024 | 7:07 PMUpdatedMay 01, 2024 | 7:07 PM

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Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar on Wednesday, 1 May, said JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and BJP leaders must pay a visit to the victims of Hassan sexual abuse case if they have any respect for women.

Prajwal (33) is the grandson of JD(S) chief and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, and the son of former minister and current MLA HD Revanna, who too has been accused by a worker of his household of sexual harassment.

Speaking to reporters in Yadgir , Shivakumar said, “Kumaraswamy and BJP leaders talk a lot about women. If they really have any respect for women, they must express solidarity with the victims by paying them a visit.”

Asked about Kumaraswamy’s statement that a ‘mahanayaka’ was behind the pen drive incident, he said, “Our party spokesmen have spoken in length about whom Devaraje Gowda met with regards to the pen drive. Devaraje Gowda had met Kumaraswamy too regarding this besides writing to the BJP leaders. We don’t have any need to resort to such cheap politics. I will speak about this later.”

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SIT probing Prajwal sexual abuse case

The alleged sex scandal involving Prajwal is being investigated by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Karnataka government.

He is believed to have escaped to Germany shortly after polling in the first phase of elections in the state got over on 26 April, in which Prajwal was the JD(S)-BJP combine’s candidate from Hassan.

Nearly 3,000 explicit video clips allegedly involving Prajwal sexually abusing several women had started doing the rounds in Hassan in recent days.

Amid reports that Prajwal’s elder brother and Member of Legislative Council Suraj Revanna had met him, Shivakumar said, “Yes, he (Suraj) met me. You may ask him why he had met me.”

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