A massive protest has taken place in Karnataka's Chitradurga demanding strict action against a Lingayat seer accused of raping minor girls.
Chitradurga: A massive protest has taken place in Karnataka’s Chitradurga demanding strict action against a Lingayat seer accused of raping minor girls. Police on Monday arrested prominent Lingayat mutt seer Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru in an alleged sexual assault case involving minors.
The Mysuru city police have logged an FIR against Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru after two minors filed a complaint against the seer. He has been booked under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
“All of you being with me has given me courage. There is no need to fear. Let’s respect the law. The fountain of support is seen here. “I want to thank you all,” said the seer, after returning to the mutt.
Meanwhile, people started protests against the Chitradurga police and the district administration for showing relaxation against the seer accused of rape.
The protesters alleged that despite all the evidence and medical report which was completed last evening, the police were not in a hurry to take concrete action.
Two girls studying at a school run by the Lingayat mutt reached out to “Odanadi Seva Samsthe”, an NGO in Mysuru which works for the rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration, and empowerment of trafficked and sexually exploited women and children. Following the victims’ account of their ordeal, it was brought to the attention of the district children’s welfare committee. As a result, a case was subsequently registered by the police.
The ages of the girls were 15 and 16, and they were residing in the hostel run by Murugha Mutt, who had allegedly suffered sexual abuse for more than three-and-a-half years.
In response to a complaint by an officer of the District Child Protection Unit, an FIR has been filed against a total of five people, including the warden of the mutt’s hostel.