BJP leader Devaraje Gowda, who whistleblow Prajwal Revanna tapes detained in sexual harassment case

The conflict stems from a property sale dispute. The woman, in her statement, detailed instances of sexual harassment, physical assault, and intimidation perpetrated by Gowda under the guise of offering assistance.

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The Karnataka Police took BJP leader Devaraje Gowda into custody near Chitradurga district on Friday, concerning accusations of molestation, sexual harassment, and an SC/ST case leveled against him. A woman filed a complaint at the Holenarasipura Town Police Station on April 1, asserting molestation and harassment by Gowda. Furthermore, her husband lodged an FIR on March 30, alleging Gowda's intrusion into their home, accompanied by threats and verbal abuse.

The conflict stems from a property sale dispute. The woman, in her statement, detailed instances of sexual harassment, physical assault, and intimidation perpetrated by Gowda under the guise of offering assistance.

Persistent harassment

According to the FIR, Gowda subjected the woman to harassment for nearly 10 months under the pretext of aiding her in property transactions. Reports indicated Gowda will be transferred to Hassan for further interrogation regarding the case.

Interestingly, Devaraje Gowda previously alerted BJP authorities about alleged sexual misconduct by Prajwal Revanna, a JD(S) MP, cautioned against granting him a Lok Sabha ticket from Hassan. The woman's husband also accused Gowda of intruding into their residence, issuing threats, and subjecting them to verbal abuse.

NCW statement on Revanna's case

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) disclosed that no victim had come forth to report allegations against Prajwal Revanna. Additionally, the sole complainant who approached the NCW claimed coercion into filing a false complaint against the JD(S) leader.

The NCW acknowledged the submission of an Action Taken Report (ATR) by concerned authorities, revealing significant findings. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been established to conduct a thorough probe into the matter.