Mangaluru, Jan 24, 2016: Sundara Poojary, the Deputy Director of the District Women and Child Welfare Department collapsed during a review meeting here on January 23, Saturday, after he was pulled up by MLC VS Ugrappa, Head of the Expert Committee on Prevention of Sexual Violence Against Women and Children. The officer who fell unconscious was immediately rushed to a private hospital where he is recovering.
The incident occurred when the officer failed to give satisfactory replies to a query from Ugrappa regarding the compensation paid to sexual assault victims in the district.
It is learnt, the MLC virtually abused the officer saying " Officers like him need to be thrown into Netravathi river." He also directed Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim to take note of the matter.
Earlier, Ugrappa had even pulled up Health and Family Welfare Department officials for not making any effort to know the reasons for the decline in child sex ratio in the district.
The committee held the meeting to review cases of sexual harassment and atrocities on women in the district.
Later speaking to media men Ugrappa defended himself and said "we need to be stern to officials who fail to provide satisfactory details."