Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who was in Haveri to attend a public event, on Monday met the kin of the rape victim, who has alleged that she was gang-raped by seven Muslim men. The Chief Minister assured victim and her family that the government will go through their request for justice and compensation.
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “They have given me an application demanding justice and compensation for their sister who was raped. The government will examine this and act on it.”
While declining the Opposition’s demand for a SIT probe into the matter, Siddarmaiah said that the Karnataka Police are doing the investigation.
Earlier, Karnataka BJP chief BY Vijayendra claimed that women are not safe in the state. The BJP has demanded an investigation by the SIT team.
“Incidents like these have been happening continuously since Congress came to power. Some are trying to silence the issue. They have to stop doing this and give justice to the victim. It took more than 2 days for the police to file a case. We have even appealed for an SIT. It’s a matter of a woman’s dignity and life,” Vijayendra said.
The police filed a case of moral policing on January 10, which later turned out to be a case of gang rape.
The woman, who was assaulted by a group of seven Muslim men inside a hotel, has alleged that she was gang-raped by the accused. She and her partner were thrashed by a group of men over their interfaith relationship, said the police.