Boss rapes woman in front of her son

Incident happened in a Kodagu hotel while she was on a ‘business trip’

A 23-year-old woman has been allegedly raped in front of her one-year-old son by her boss during a field trip to Kodagu. In January this year, Priya (name changed), the victim, had joined as a customer care executive in a private firm which supplies housing materials for buildings under construction. The office is located at Kogilu cross in Yelahanka. Barely two months after she started working, one of the partners of the firm identified as T Vivekananda started allegedly harassing her for sexual favours.

But the victim is said to have warned him and had kept a distance from him, threatening that she would report the matter to the police.

The accused later hatched a plot to trap the victim and fixed a field trip to Kodagu, making it compulsory for her to attend. As Kodagu was Priya’s native place and as her mother also stayed there, she agreed to the trip. Since the other business partner was also with them, Priya did not suspect any foul play. She also took her son with her for the trip which was in the month of April. The accused had booked a single room at a five-star hotel at Virajpet, and forced the victim to stay in the same room with both the business partners.

Priya said she wanted to visit her mother and then join her boss, who had asked her to show him around Kodagu. But her mother advised her not to visit her due to the sighting of some wild animals nearby. The next morning, the other business partner left for Bengaluru due to some emergency and the victim was along with her son and the accused, in one room, said an officer part of the investigations.

During her stay in the hotel and when the victim was having a bath, the accused is said to have filmed it. He then sought sexual favours from her, but was again warned.

But the accused, after showing the victim her bathing video, threatened to show it to her husband and also upload it online. This is when he took advantage of the situation and raped her. He continued raping for her the next few days. The accused had even rented a separate flat on Jakkur Road and had introduced the victim as his wife to the security guards and neighbours in the apartment. Fearing that the accused would upload the video online, the victim played along till her husband found out.

“After her husband learnt about the incident, the victim claims to have narrated her ordeal to him. The couple then decided to file a complaint. The North East division police have registered a complaint in this regard a few days back. Knowing that a complaint was being registered against him, the accused fled to Andhra Pradesh and is still on the run. He is also trying to obtain bail from a lower court,” said the officer.

The police are yet to ascertain if the other business partner who was with the accused during the field trip was aware of the motive behind the trip.

When Mirror called the firm of the accused, a marketing executive claimed the latter was not in Bengaluru and had not been coming to office for the last few weeks. Further investigations are on.

Kail Poud Celebration by CNC

On the 1st of September, 2016 under the leadership of N.U. Nachappa, CNC (Codava National Council) celebrated Kail Poud festival at the Middle ground mandh, Madikeri. After performing Thok Pooja (Gun Worship) CNC members took out a vehicle procession through the main roads of Madikeri and assembled at Capital Village resort where further cultural activities were held.

CNC Members actively participated in traditional Codava folk dance and other cultural events. Rifle shooting was held for both men and women folks here.






New train service begins – Kodagu on the map

The Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa recently flagged-off the train service between Anandapuram and Talaguppa in Sagar.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that an additional train will be introduced to Talaguppa in three months to help the people of the region to board the Bangalore-bound trains that start from Shimoga in the afternoon and evening.

Muniyappa complimented the Government of Karnataka for co-operating with the Department of Railways in undertaking new projects in the State on cost-sharing basis. The enthusiasm displayed by the Government of Karnataka is a model for other States, he stated.

Muniyappa admitted that a vast railway network was yet to be developed in Karnataka and added that survey works related to 12 new railway projects were underway in the State. Fresh projects will be undertaken in North, South and Central Karnataka. Kodagu district will also be put on the railway map. The Department of Railways has envisaged a plan to provide train service for Kushalnagar.

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-Sunday Pioneer

Miffed by lover’s betrayal, girl ends life

A 23-year-old girl committed suicide by consuming poison in Kolagadal near Cherambane on Thursday.

According to police, the deceased, Kusuma, took the extreme step after she came to know about her lover’s relationship with another girl. Kusuma was living in with her lover, Ganesh, said police.

On Thursday, she confronted him over the issue and in a fit of anger she consumed poison in the presence of Ganesh. Ganesh rushed Kusuma to her mother’s home and from there to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Police registered a case based on a complaint filed by Kusuma’s brother and arrested Ganesh. Ganesh has been remanded to judicial custody.


New policy will centralize sand extraction

Following the instruction of Karnataka high court, the state government has announced new sand policy. “It will require three months to implement the policy. The sand lease contracts have been extended till September in Kodagu district,” said M R Ravi, Kodagu assistant commissioner.

According to the new policy, the sand extraction and distribution system will be centralized through the department of public works. A committee will be formed under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner and deputy director of the department of mines and geology as its member secretary to identify sand deposits in the district. The committee will notify them after getting clearance from the government.

The department of public works will issue permits for sand extraction, transportation, storage and disposal. The department will also establish check posts to regulate sand transportation in the state.

During the financial year 2010-11, Rs.17,59,250 was collected as fine from illegal sand dealers.


Panchayat to fine plastic bag users

The Pollibetta panchayat has decided to impose fine on merchants and public who use plastic bags from August 1.

The panchayath had banned plastic in August, 2010.

“If a person is found using plastic bags, he\she will have to pay Rs 300 as fine for the first time. Second time offenders will be fined Rs 500,” said panchayat president Kuttanda Nanda. “The panchayat has no place to dump plastic wastes. It is because of that we had taken the decision to ban plastic bags,” the president added.