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Kerala girl alleges rape, forced conversion; Karnataka BJP MP seeks police action on victim’s behest

Karnataka MP Shobha Karandlaje sought immediate police action against two youths for alleged rape and attempt to convert a girl to Islam. Police commissioner Bhaskar Rao has ordered a special inquiry by the additional commissioner in connection with the case 

Kerala girl alleges rape, forced conversion; Karnataka BJP MP seeks police action on victim's behest
Bengaluru, First Published Jan 6, 2020, 7:18 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Police commissioner Bhaskar Rao ordered a special inquiry into a case of sexual harassment of a girl from Kasaragod.

BJP leader and MP Shobha Karandlaje met city police commissioner Bhaskar Rao and demanded that he initiate action against two youths who allegedly raped the girl over a period of a year and threatened to convert her to Islam.

Shobha Karandlaje, along with the victim, met the commissioner on Sunday and submitted the complaint copy stating that three youths from Kasaragod had raped her and forced her to convert to Islam.

The victim alleged that though she filed a complaint with the Kasaragod Police, no action had been initiated.

Speaking to reporters later, Shobha said that the girl, who was brought from Kasaragod to Electronic City, where the accused youths run a business, was allegedly raped here. “I have asked the police commissioner to direct the Electronic City Police to register an FIR and arrest the youths,” she said.

“I have spoken to the survivor and she said that the youths were also forcing her to convert to Islam and threatened her with dire consequences if she did not do so,” the MP alleged.

She suspects that there was a gang that could be operating to forcibly convert Hindu women to Islam.

The BJP leader also met chief minister BS Yediyurappa along with the survivor’s family members and submitted a petition.

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