The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formed a five-member fact-finding panel to visit the site of the incident in Belagavi, Karnataka. BJP National President JP Nadda strongly condemned the incident where a woman was paraded in Vantmuri village, Belagavi. He also criticized the Congress government in Karnataka for their irresponsible behavior towards women’s safety.
Nadda’s condemnation comes after a disturbing incident where a 42-year-old woman in Karnataka was stripped, assaulted, and paraded because her son eloped with another woman. This incident is just one example of the heinous crimes that have been occurring since the Congress government came to power in Karnataka. It also highlights the irresponsible behavior of Congress governments across the country in addressing such crimes.
To investigate the matter further and gather firsthand information, Nadda has formed a five-member fact-finding committee. The committee comprises prominent BJP MPs, including Aprajita Sarangi, Sunita Duggal, Locket Chatterjee, Ranjeeta Koli, and Asha Lakra. They will visit the incident site and promptly submit a report to the party chief.
In addition, Karnataka BJP Members of Parliament held a protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament to express their dissatisfaction with the Karnataka government.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has expressed grave concern over the horrifying incident in Karnataka where a 42-year-old woman was subjected to a brutal assault, including being stripped and paraded, after her son eloped with another woman. The NCW is demanding swift legal action against all those involved.
Upon initial examination, the NCW has identified that the reported incident falls under the following sections of the Indian Penal Code, 1860: Section 354, which deals with assault or criminal force on a woman with the intention to outrage her modesty; Section 323, which pertains to the punishment for voluntarily causing hurt; and Section 509, which addresses acts intended to insult the modesty of a woman.
The NCW vehemently condemns this abhorrent assault and unequivocally opposes such heinous actions against women. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, the Commission has issued immediate directives to the relevant police authorities, urging them to include the aforementioned provisions of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 in the First Information Report (F.I.R.), along with other relevant legal aspects. The Commission has also called for the swift arrest of all individuals involved.
Furthermore, the Chairperson of NCW, Rekha Sharma, has expressed her deep anguish regarding this incident, denouncing it as an act of extreme inhumanity. Sharma has instructed a team led by member Delina Khongdup from the Commission to visit the site and inquire about the actions taken in the case, with a prompt submission of their findings. The inquiry committee will depart for Karnataka today.
Moreover, the Commission has requested the Director-General of Police (DGP) to provide an action taken report by the 17th of December.
The Karnataka High Court has strongly criticized the state police for their failure to prevent a distressing incident in Belagavi. In this incident, a woman was brutally beaten, paraded, and tied to an electric pole. This reprehensible act has raised serious concerns and demands immediate attention.
On December 12, Karnataka’s Home Minister, G Parameshwara, assured that appropriate action had been taken. Seven individuals have been arrested in connection with this incident, which occurred in Belagavi district. The incident unfolded after the woman’s son eloped with a girl from their village, leading to her being stripped, paraded, and assaulted.