Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says no question of sparing anyone in gangrape case

Regarding the SIT, Siddaramaiah explained those investigating the case now are police and those who will be part of SIT will be police.


Published Jan 15, 2024 | 6:05 PMUpdatedJan 15, 2024 | 6:05 PM

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday, 15 January, said that there was no question of sparing anyone involved in the gangrape of a Muslim woman allegedly by six youths from the same community.

Six people allegedly barged into a hotel room and assaulted an inter-faith couple during their stay in Hangal taluk of Haveri district on 8 January, following which two of them have been arrested.

The BJP has accused that attempts are being made to hush up the case.

“We have arrested all the accused persons. The investigation is going on. We will not allow anyone to take the law into their hands irrespective of the faith and caste they belong to,” the Chief Minister told reporters in Haveri.

Stating that no one will be allowed to take law into their hands, Siddaramaiah said that the government will take action as per law. There is no question of sparing anyone, he added.

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SIT investigation

On the question of no one from the government having consoled her or offering any relief, the Chief Minister said he received the application just now and the government will consider her plea.

Regarding the BJP’s demand for setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT), Siddaramaiah explained that those investigating the case now are police and those who will be part of the SIT will be police only.

“Investigations are going on. Let the preliminary investigation report come out. Just because former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has demanded an SIT probe, we will not form it,” the Chief Minister said.

He also said there is no question of covering up the case. “Those who perpetrated the crime will face stringent action,” Siddaramaiah said.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old survivor alleged that no protection was given to her when she was taken home. She also said that at least two accused whose photographs police showed her were not involved in the crime.

The survivor also charged that the police were not investigating the case seriously.

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The incident

According to the survivor, the incident happened on 8 January. At 1 pm, she checked into the hotel room with a KSRTC driver aged 40, with whom she has been in a relationship for the past three years, they said.

The entire assault, which happened inside the hotel room, was filmed by the gang. The videos later went viral after they being circulated on social media platforms, police said.

In one of the purported videos, six men could be seen knocking on the door of a room. When a man opens the door, the assailants could be seen barging in and heading towards the woman.

The gang verbally abused the couple, assaulted them, and filmed the woman while she tried to cover her face with a burqa.

Former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday, 14 January, charged that attempts have been made to hush up the moral policing incident in Haveri by offering money to the victim.

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