Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna Suspended by JD(S) Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Prajwal Revanna, grandson of former PM Deve Gowda, suspended by JD(S) over sexual harassment allegations. Karnataka govt sets up SIT to probe the case, raising questions about accountability of elected officials.

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Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna Suspended by JD(S) Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna Suspended by JD(S) Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Prajwal Revanna, the Hassan MP and grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, has been suspended by the Janata Dal (Secular) party in Karnataka over sexual harassment allegations by a former housekeeper. On April 28, 2023, a case was registered against Revanna under IPC sections 354A (sexual harassment), 354D (stalking), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (outraging the modesty of a woman) based on a complaint filed by a 47-year-old woman who had worked in his household.

The allegations surfaced after a women's rights group filed a complaint with the Karnataka State Commission for Women. Chairperson Nagalakshmi Choudhary stated that the case involving Prajwal Revanna is the biggest scandal in the country, with hundreds of explicit videos allegedly found on a pen drive, some of which show Revanna. In response, the Karnataka government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the allegations.

Why this matters: The sexual harassment case against a sitting MP and member of a prominent political family has sent shockwaves through Karnataka politics. It raises serious questions about the conduct of elected officials and the need for accountability and justice for victims of sexual harassment and abuse.

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, who is also Deve Gowda's son, has distanced the party and the family from the allegations, stating that anyone who has committed a mistake should be punished as per the law. The party said Prajwal Revanna would be suspended following a core committee meeting on Tuesday. "The party will not protect Prajwal Revanna and will take appropriate action against him," Kumaraswamy said.

The controversy has sparked a political firestorm, with the opposition Congress accusing the BJP government in Karnataka of helping Prajwal Revanna escape the country. However, the BJP has denied these claims, stating that the investigations are ongoing. The National Commission for Women has also taken suo motu cognizance of the videos and has asked the Karnataka Director General of Police to submit a detailed report within three days.

The JD(S) has suspended Prajwal Revanna amid the sexual harassment allegations and ongoing SIT investigation. The party leadership has stated that the suspension will remain in effect until the completion of the probe. Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Commission for Women has stressed the need for victims to feel safe in coming forward with their complaints in this high-profile <a href="https://www.thenewsminute.com/karnataka/dont-drag-deve-gowdas-name-into-it-kumaraswamy-on-case-against-prajwal-revanna" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer

Key Takeaways

  • Prajwal Revanna, JD(S) MP, suspended over sexual harassment allegations by former housekeeper.
  • Hundreds of explicit videos allegedly found, prompting Karnataka govt to set up SIT investigation.
  • JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy distances party, says anyone guilty will be punished as per law.
  • Congress accuses BJP govt of helping Revanna escape, BJP denies claims, investigation ongoing.
  • National Commission for Women takes suo motu cognizance, seeks DGP report within 3 days.