Two days after the incident, on Thursday Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra swirled a controversy by suggesting that the woman and her friend should have been more careful, while police is yet to arrest the Mysuru Gangrape of a 23-year-old.
He told reporters that around 7-7:30 pm they went there. It is an isolated place, they should not have gone, but we can not stop anyone from going. It is an isolated place and no one usually goes there. Attacking the Congress for raising questions over the law and order in the state, Jnanendra also said the Opposition was ‘raping’ him.
As his remarks led to a commotion, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who is in Delhi, said he did not approve of the same. Towards the evening, Jnanendra asked forgiveness and said he was withdrawing his remarks.
Police investigating the gang rape said the victim and her friend had said the accused had made videos of the incident and threatened to release them if the couple approached the authorities. While one person has reportedly been imprisoned, no arrest has been made so far.
On Tuesday night the woman, an MBA student from outside Karnataka, was sexually assaulted by four-five men in a secluded area near the Chamundi Hills in Mysuru. Her friend was beaten up. Both are hospitalized. While the woman’s injuries were severe and she remains in shock, she is improving. A senior police officer said the accused first demanded money from the couple, before dragging away the woman and raping her, and beating up the man. They also took away their mobile phones. Police believe the accused might have been locals from Mysuru, and are searching cellphone data in the area from the time of the assault. They are also questioning owners of liquor stores nearby as bottles and cans of liquor were recovered from the site of the crime.