BENGALURU: A Dalit woman was allegedly stripped in a public place by four men in Shivamogga district’s Araga village on Monday, senior police officers said on Thursday.
The district police have registered a case against four men based on the woman’s complaint and a special team has been formed to track down the assaulters.
Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra hails from Araga village and the Thirthahalli police are investigating the case.
Shivamogga superintendent of police Lakshmiprasad said according to the complaint lodged by the woman, four men waylaid her while she was returning from hospital. “She on a bike with her husband and the attackers who came on two bikes rammed into her,” the officer said.
Following the hit, her husband fell unconscious and the four men surrounded her. The men who were allegedly drunk stripped her and attempted to assault her. However, hearing her cries for help, locals rushed to the spot and rescued them.
A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharging duty), 354a (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354b (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 506 (criminal intimidation) and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. “We have formed a special team. We have some clues, arrests will be made soon,” said the SP.
Both the woman and her husband were treated in a hospital in Thirthahalli town.
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