BJP Leader Arrested in KarnatakaSexualHarassment Case

Karnataka BJP leader G Devaraje Gowda was arrested on Friday night in connection with a sexual harassment case filed by a 36-year-old woman. Gowda had previously accused JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna of sexually abusing several women, and had claimed to possess evidence of the abuse.

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BJP Leader Arrested in KarnatakaSexualHarassment Case

BJP Leader Arrested in KarnatakaSexualHarassment Case

G Devaraje Gowda, a BJP leader and advocate from Hassan, Karnataka, was arrested on Friday night in connection with a sexual harassment case filed against him. The case came to light after Gowda had previously accused JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna of sexually abusing several women.

Why this matters: This case highlights the importance of accountability for those in positions of power, as allegations of sexual misconduct can have far-reaching consequences for victims and the broader community. It also underscores the need for thorough investigations and due process in addressing such claims, regardless of the accused's political affiliations or stature.

The Karnataka Police detained the 49-year-old Gowda near Chitradurga district on May 10, 2023. He was brought to Hassan for questioning regarding the sexual harassment complaint lodged by a 36-year-old woman on April 1. The woman alleged that Gowda molested her for nearly ten months on the pretext of helping her sell her property.

According to the FIR, Gowda harassed the woman for 10 months, took her to a secluded place, and allegedly molested her, threatening to kill her and her husband. The woman's husband also filed a separate complaint against Gowda, alleging that he barged into their house, threatened, and abused them.

Prior to his arrest, Gowda had claimed to possess a pen drive containing 3,000 videos of women, including government officials, performing sexual acts with Prajwal Revanna. He wrote to the BJP leadership about the alleged sexual abuse by Revanna, cautioning the party against giving him a Lok Sabha ticket from Hassan.

Gowda had contested the 2023 assembly election against Prajwal's father, H D Revanna, who is also accused in a case of molestation and another for abduction. Prajwal Revanna, believed to be staying in Munich, Germany, was booked by the Karnataka Police for sex harassment and criminal intimidation on April 28.

Audio and video clips allegedly featuring Gowda were leaked and circulated on social media platforms, showing him misbehaving with a woman and flashing her in a video call. Gowda alleged that Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar was behind the videos going viral and demanded a CBI probe into the sexual abuse case against Prajwal Revanna and HD Revanna.

Hassan Superintendent of Police Mohammed Sujeetha stated,"We had served a notice to him and asking him to appear for enquiry. We have been in the process of probing this case. "articleGowda, who had been on the run since May 9, was detained with the aid of Chitradurga Police and is expected to be presented before a judge by Saturday evening as the police investigation continues.