Mangaluru, July 15, 2015: During the monthly SC/ST grievances meeting at the SP office July 12, DSS leader Anand said in Sullia a person called Ashok sexually assaulted his wife’s younger sister, a 17 year-old-girl who is pregnant now. Ashok later agreed to marry her. But, with the support of few organisations of Mangaluru, she has filed complaint against the accused without informing the family.
Superintendent of Police S D Sharanappa has warned that any attempt to conceal sexual assault incidents is a punishable offence. Anyone who comes across the incident should bring it to the notice of police and law will take its course.
The SP said the statement of the victim should be collected and case can be filed against the accused under Protection of Child from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as the girl is still minor. Dakshina Kannada Legal Service Authority former member Gopala Kadumata said people are afraid to send their children at Kumta after a rape incident.
The police, along with social welfare department and women and child development department should take initiative to increase the morale of the public. Higher officials should visit dalit colonies once or twice in a month and security be stepped up.