Karnataka government to probe factors for repeated attacks on young women

20-year-old Anjali Ambiger was allegedly murdered by 22-year-old Girish Sawanth on 15 May after she allegedly rejected his marriage proposal.


Published May 17, 2024 | 2:24 PM Updated May 17, 2024 | 2:24 PM

G Parameshwara speaking to reporters. (DrGParameshwara/Facebook)

With the Opposition BJP targeting the Congress government in Karnataka alleging deterioration of the law and order situation, following the murder of a young woman in Hubballi, Home Minister G Parameshwara on Friday, 17 May, said he was reviewing lapses on the part of the police and other factors that may have led to such repeated incidents.

Anjali Ambiger, 20, was allegedly murdered by 22-year-old Girish Sawanth in Hubballi on Wednesday after she rejected his marriage proposal, close on the heels of the student Neha Hiremath’s killing at her college campus in the same city on 18 April.

“I’m reviewing to find if there are any lapses on the part of the officials or if there are any other factors or reasons. As such incidents are repeatedly taking place, we need to find what is the factor,” Parameshwara told reporters in Bengaluru.

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To send an ADGP

The minister said he is sending an Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) to Hubballi to look into the incident and submit a report and, if possible, he will also be visiting there.

BJP on Thursday came down heavily on the government over the murder of Anjali, accusing it of having failed to maintain the law and order situation and losing its grip on the administration.

The Opposition party even demanded that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah drop Parameshwara from the Cabinet, alleging that he has miserably failed to handle law and order situation in the state.

Meanwhile, police have arrested the accused Girish Sawanth, and Parameshwara said strict punishment will be ensured in accordance with the law.

“There is no mercy in such murder cases. An inspector has been suspended following reports about lapse on part of the police. Immediately police had to take action, but as there were lapses, suspension was done. Further legal actions will follow,” he said.

The victim’s family alleged that they had approached the police and complained to them that the accused had threatened Anjali of meeting the same fate as that of 23-year-old Neha Hiremath, who was stabbed to death by her former classmate.

According to his information, Parameshwara said, there was no written complaint, but the family had reportedly informed the police about the threat.

“That’s the reason we have suspended the inspector and there will be an inquiry on this, and if there were lapses on the part of the police, action will be taken against the officials,” he said.

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