Shocking details have emerged from the Chitradurga district of Karnataka, where police have filed charges against the most powerful Lingayat seer, Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru of Murugha Mutt, who allegedly sexually assaulted underage girls.
Senior police officers confirmed to NewsMadura that the indictment, based on the victims’ statements, mentions how the underage girls living at Murugha-mutt’s hostel were drugged and abused by the Lingayat seer. As the case grows murky, the investigating officers have requested through the media that the victims come forward and file a complaint against the seer.
Shivamurthy Sharanaru, a prominent face of the Lingayat community, is the same seer who initiated Rahul Gandhi into the Lingayat sect in August.
Shivamurthy Sharanaru has been accused of sexually assaulting and abusing two underage girls who lived in the girls hostel in the Murugha Mutt property for more than three years.
The two underage girls fleeing the Murugha Mutt reached Odanadi, an NGO in Mysuru, on August 26, seeking help. With the help of the Child Welfare Committee, an FIR was registered against the Lingayat seer at Mysuru Police Station.
Although the case was handed over to Chitradurga Police Station, the suspect was arrested on September 1, after nearly five days.
From BJP to Congress, several top leaders came to support the seer as this is a one-vote bank that no one wants to risk before the state goes to the polls next year.
Police have also filed charges against hostel director Rashmi and another suspect in the case, Paramashivaiah.
However, police are gathering evidence against two more suspects: Gangadharaiah and a minor. The indictment was submitted to the court by the investigating officer on October 27.
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