Ramanagara: In a dramatic twist of circumstances a case of gang rape ended out to be an instance of honor killing with the arrest of the casualty’s father and her brothers on Friday in Magadi.
This case made online media highlights as it coincided with the Hathras sexual assault case. Therefore, the Karnataka government even handed over the case Bengaluru Rural Superintendent of Police (SP), Ravi Channennavar, in the wake of Ramanagara SP S. Girsh testing COVID-19 positive.
As indicated by the police, the dead identified as Hemalata (19) was a citizen of Bettadahalli village in Magadi Taluka of the Ramanagara region.
Her father, Krishnappa, registered a missing complaint on October 9, however on October 10 he registered a case of sexual assault and murder. This had prompted an outrage by upper caste and predominant Vokkaliga community groups via social media to lash out at the lower caste community.
Acting quickly, the state government coordinated neighboring district Bengaluru SP, Channannevar to assume control over the case four days prior.
Not long after he assumed control over the case, Magadi police began examining into different points, including honor killing.
When speaking to IANS Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Magadi taluka, Omprakash stated: “It was a challenging case as the family members had destroyed the evidence. She was killing using stone by her brothers and her father Krishnappa, who had taken her to their farm to convince her not to shame their family by going out with her boyfriend, Puneet, who allegedly belonged to lower caste.”
Inspector-General of Police (Central Range) Seemant Kumar Singh stated: “The trio had planned the murder well to confuse the police. On October 8, all three of them killed Hemalatha and buried her body on the farm. The next day, Krishnappa lodged a missing complaint with the police.”
While the dad was persuading the daughter, her sibling took a stone and hit her on the head and her more younger sibling (a minor) gave help with burying the body on their own farm. The police have filed a case and the further inquiry is in process.