In the heart of Karnataka’s Haveri, a distressing incident of alleged gangrape has become the focal point of a heated exchange between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.
The incident, which occurred in Hangal, involved a group of men who reportedly intruded into a hotel room occupied by an interfaith couple, subjecting them to physical assault in an alarming case of moral policing.
As the situation escalated, media reports surfaced, suggesting that the woman in the couple had been gangraped by the assailants.
The political battleground in the southern state intensified as BJP leaders called for stringent action against the perpetrators. Shehzad Poonawalla, a senior BJP leader, expressed his concern, stating, “In Karnataka, the shocking moral policing incident involving 7 men has now taken a more serious proportion.
Not only did these men barge into the room of an interfaith couple, assault them, beat up the young Muslim woman, dragged her out, and made a video out of it, but the woman has now complained that she has been gang raped.”
Poonawalla questioned the silence of prominent Congress figures, including Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi, accusing them of selectively expressing outrage based on political affiliations or the religion of the accused. Other BJP leaders, such as CT Ravi, R Ashoka, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, and former CM Basavaraj Bommai, have also voiced their concerns about the incident.
The accused individuals, identified as Aftab Makabul, Madarsab Mohammad, Samiulla, and three others, are at the center of a police investigation. Haveri SP Anshu Kumar confirmed that the victim’s statement has been recorded, and three of the seven accused have been apprehended. Kumar clarified, “One is in the hospital.
The other 3 are on the run. We will arrest the remaining accused as well. We weren’t told about rape earlier. We came to know about this only through media reports about the video by the woman. We have booked a case under the appropriate section; investigation is ongoing.”