Honnavar girl had injured herself, there was no attack: Probe
Honnavar: The ”attack” on a schoolgirl, which led to communal tension in the town last week, has taken a new twist with the girl confessing that no one had attacked her and, injuries on her hand were self-inflicted.
On December 14, Kavya Chandrashekar Naika, a class IX student and a resident of Magodu Kodlagadde village, had claimed that unidentified men attacked her while she was on her way to school and fled on a bike. She had claimed that she was injured with a knife-like weapon and one of the attackers had a mustache and beard. The news about the incident went viral and triggered tension in Honnavar, which was returning to normalcy following violence in the aftermath of the death of Hindu activist, Paresh Mesta.
Addressing a press meet here on Sunday, Superintendent of Police Vinay V Patil said that the girl, who was under severe mental stress, had inflicted injuries and concocted the attack story.
“Kavya walks 8 km from her home for school. A minor boy from Magodu village, used to stop her on the way, insisting that she travel by his car or bike. Kavya was being harassed this way for six months. On December 8, the boy had threatened the girl that she would come with him only if something bad happened to her. Kavya brought the matter to the notice of her parents. Her parents, in turn, alerted gram panchayat members and a local leader, who had promised to warn Ganesha,” the SP said.
The girl did not go to school for four days in view of the communal violence. She had called her friend over the phone on the night of December 13 and came to know that there were tests in the school. She was worried since she had not studied. She was also under stress in view of the threat by Ganesha. “She was worried that the honour of her family would be at stake if she is raped by Ganesha and hence decided to end her life in case of such an event. While on the way to school on December 14, she injured herself with the thorns of a lemon plant. But, soon she realized she was wrong and decided to go to school.”
After coming to Magodu, she asked her friend to bring a bandage cloth. Her friend brought her a small plaster, which was not covering her injuries. Meanwhile, a shopkeeper called Kavya to his shop. Without seeking any information from the girl, he claimed that two persons whom he saw going towards Magodu last night, had caused the injuries. Villagers who gathered there came to the conclusion that people of other community were responsible for the incident, the SP said.
“The truth came to light after Kavya was questioned in the presence of the councellor of Mahila Santwana Kendra. The girl’s statement has been recorded in the court also,” the SP explained.