A 23-year-old MBA student studying in Mysuru was allegedly gang-raped by unidentified people when she was returning from outskirts of the city near Lalitadripura on Tuesday night.
The women, riding pillion with her male friend, was on her way to Chamundi Hills when a few people waylaid them. According to Indian Express, the victim is critical and the police have obtained a statement from her friend who was also assaulted by the men.
As per police, the incident took place around 8 pm in the Tippayyanakere region, in Lalithadripura area. The victim has been identified as a student from outside Karnataka.
Four or five persons were involved in the incident, police sources said.
The accused were drunk when they spotted the couple on an isolated route, a senior police officer said. First they allegedly tried to rob the couple, and later took the woman to another spot where they committed the crime. A police officer said that a case has been registered at the Alanahalli police station and efforts are being made to catch the accused.
Mysuru Police Commissioner Chandragupta said, “These cases are very sensitive. We cannot reveal too many details. An FIR has been registered. We will know how the attack happened when we get a statement from the victim. Meanwhile, her friend has given a statement and we have filed an FIR on the basis of that,” he said according to the news paper.
“They are both students. At around 7.30 pm yesterday, they went to the forest region near the helipad. Some people who were following them have done this. At around 1.30 am, they got admitted to a hospital. In the morning, a memo was received from the hospital. An FIR has been registered. Further inquiries are on. I have directed the police to take it very seriously. No arrests have been made until now. We have sent an ADGP to Mysuru,” said State Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said.
He further said the police are trying to find the accused. The girl is admitted to a hospital. I will be going to Mysuru today evening.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he had directed Director General of Police Praveen Sood to find the accused at the earliest. Meanwhile, a case has been registered based on the girl’s statement.
“The girl was gangraped and hospitalised, while the boy was beaten badly. It’s an unfortunate incident. My government has taken it very seriously. The perpetrators will be caught soon and brought to justice.”
Meanwhile Congress leaders BK Hariprasad and Rizwan Arshad have slammed the ruling BJP government over the gang-rape incident in Mysuru district.
Hariprasad said under BJP’s regime, even Karnataka has become like the state of Uttar Pradesh, and alleged that the government here is like a sitting duck.
The Congress party has further alleged that the police have delayed in registering FIR in the case and also they have not been able to arrest the accused so far.
Taking cognizance of the incident, National Commission for Women has initiated the process to provide necessary compensation to the women according to the rules of the Victim Compensation Scheme under Section 357A of the Criminal Procedure Code.
It further directed Karnataka government officials to provide the survivor with medical and counselling support.
The Women’s Commission has also written to DGP of Karnataka to ensure that all accused are identified and immediately arrested and charged under relevant sections of the law, according to ANI.