Bengaluru: Karnataka police has so far arrested five people in connection with the gang-rape of a 22-year-old MBA student in Mysuru and a vicious assault on her male friend, as per DGP Praveen Sood on Saturday. The sixth accused, however, is on the run and the police team is working to hunt him down, he further added.
As per reports, all five accused are labourers from Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur district, and that one of those arrested seemed to be a juvenile; “… a 17-year-old, Mr Sood said, adding that “We are not sure… we are verifying”.
The Karnataka top cop, whose force had been criticised for not making any arrests following the horrific events of Tuesday evening, also said, “It is a sensitive case. We have technical and scientific evidence.”
The young woman from Maharashtra – studying at a Mysuru university – and her friend were attacked at Chamundi Hills (a popular tourist spot on the outskirts of the city) late Tuesday evening.
According to the FIR (first information report), a group of men surrounded the couple when they visited the Chamundi Hills in the outskirts of the city – located around 300 metres away from eastern stretch of the outer ring road in Alanahalli police limits – on Tuesday evening and asked them for money. The MBA student was with one of her male classmates on a two-wheeler when the group intercepted them around 7pm on Tuesday. Her male friend was beaten up by the gang before she was taken to a remote place away from the road. She was sexually abused by the gang one after the other.
Police have been unable to record the young woman’s statement so far, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has said, because she is still in shock.
The brutal and terrifying incident triggered furious protests in Karnataka and across the country.
It also triggered two outrageous and shocking comments from Mr Jnanendra.
The first was his claiming that the young woman and her friend “should not have gone there” – a remark many have seen as one that underscores the victim-blaming culture that is still rampant in sexual assault cases in this country and others.
The second was his equating the opposition Congress’ protests against that horrible remark to an act of rape; he called it “an inhuman act”.
Mr Jnanendra later withdrew his “rape” comment.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai criticised his minister for the remark.
Earlier the Mysore University issued a circular prohibiting female students from moving about its Mansangotriya campus after 6.30 pm. A similar order was issued barring their entry to the Kukkarahalli Lake campus after 6.30 pm.
Both orders, the university said, were issued “on the verbal direction of the police department”