Sexual violence continues to haunt women in Hassan district

The incidents of rape in Hassan district refuses to subside. Two persons were arrested over rape charges, here on Friday.

In the first incident, a 19 year old girl was raped in Katihalli, Sakleshpur taluk, Hassan district.

In the second incident, a person attempted to rape a nine-year-old girl at Rajkumar Nagar in Hassan city.

At Rajkumar Nagar, the accused Iqbal lured a nine-year-old girl, who was on her way to school by paying her Rs 10 to buy chocolates.

The accused instructed the girl to follow him and attempted to rape her behind a bush.

The girl however raised an alarm, and a few women responded to her cries and rescued the girl.

While the accused attempted to escape, residents caught hold of him, beat him up, and handed him over to the police.

The girl, who was in a state of shock has been admitted to Hassan government hospital. A case has been registered at Pension Mohalla police station.

In another incident, a person allegedly raped a nineteen-year-old girl at Kaatihalli village, Sakleshpur taluk in the district, on Thursday.

The girl was visiting her relative’s house when the incident occurred.

Jayanna, the accused, forcefully entered the house after realsing that the girl was alone, raped her and fled after the incident.

Personnel from Sakleshpur rural police station tracked the accused and arrested him on Friday. The victim has been admitted to Hassan Government Hospital.

This is the fourth incident of rape reported in the district during the last month.

Since January 2014, a total of 13 rape cases have been registered in the district.

Police lethargy

 While rape incidents continue to make headlines in Hassan district, inmates of post-metric backward community located behind Chennambika theater in Holenarasipur taluk have now alleged police lethargy over registering complaints of theft and eve-teasing incidents, here on Friday.

The incident occurred when the inmates of the hostel, along with the warden visited the Holenarsipur police station to register a complaint about a theft of a mobile phone.

On Wednesday a mobile phone kept near one of the windows of the hostel was stolen by a mischief maker, who ventured too close to the hostel premises.

“When we went to the police station, sub-inspector of the Station was not present.

Other police personnel present at the station refused to do so and insulted us by saying that we provoked eve-teasing”, an inmate under the condition of anonymity said.

They alleged that several youth roam around the hostel at night and insult the inmates. “Even though we complained to our warden, she is helpless,” she said.

When contacted, sub-inspector Shivkumar said that he was not aware of the issue and promised to take measures to prevent eve-teasing in the future.

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