Puttur: Cases of sexual assault, based on complaints from two women who were involved in the religous discourses and presentations led by Shri Raghaveshwara Bharati Swamiji of Hosanagara Math in Shivamogga district, have been taking different twists.
The cases have been filed by two artistes of the Math’s troupe, both of whom are currently based in Bengaluru. Two key witnesses for the complainant in the first case hail from here. They are Venkatakrishna and Dr Ganesh Sharma from Kallare.
They have filed a complaint in the town police station, stating that an anonymous letter has given a threat to their lives. They have suspected that since they were the key witnesses in the case, pressure was being mounted at the local level to make them buckle down and give up their support to the victim.
A case has been registered in the matter, after obtaining clearance from a local court.
The victim in the first case, accompanied by her husband, visited the office of V S Ugrappa, who heads a committee for prevention of excesses against women, and complained that the Swamiji, through discourses full of incitement, was setting up his devotees against her and her family. A vicious and malicious campaign is being conducted against her by a large number of devotees in the social media, by misusing the information technology, she has said.
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