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.

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A little criminal held for cheating at the ATMs

A boy cheating customers in ATM centers at Virajpet and Madikeri was held by Virajpet police.

Darshan Ponnappa from Ammathi was held by police after a proof was established through CC TV showing him drawing money in the name of others.

Darshan was always found standing near the ATM and would pose as assisting people in drawing the amount. He was cheating people there and would note down their passwords also. One Sheshappa from Kakkabbe had lodged a complaint stating that Darshan has drawn rupees 7900 from his account.

On enquiry, the accused revealed that he had cheated many others at Virajpet and madikeri ATM’s.

The accused is sent to judicial custody for fifteen days.

-Shakthidaily

Elephant receives 4 gun shots

The forest officials yesterday treated a wild elephant receiving gun shot from unknown persons.

A frenzied tusker with two huge ivories was rampaging the estates around Siddapur since three days creating tension. People noticed the restless tusker suffering pain in between. There was wound and swelling near genitals and a leg.

Yesterday the tusker had become very weak and was rubbing the wound against trees.

Forest department had kept a watch after receiving complaints. As the pachyderm rested on the ground, the department doctors administered medicine. The doctors noticed about four gunshots in the body. Some were old and the wounds were souring.

As it was co operating, the officers said that the tusker would be shifted to Dubare elephant camp with the help of tamed elephants. Range Forest officer Monnappa and doctor Srinivas were present.

-ShakthiDaily

Dr J Somanna apologises for hurting Kodavas

“The statement by leaders that my book Dalita Lokada novu-nalivu has hurt the sentiments of Kodavas has hurt me. I had no intention of hurting the sentiments of Kodava community members. If my book has hurt the sentiments of the people, then I seek apology,” said Balele Vijayalakshmi PU College Lecturer Dr J Somanna.

He said “I have documented local people’s views. The book is being published with the assistance of Kannada and Culture department. All the remarks are not my personal views,” he clarified. I have been working in Balele Vijayalakshmi PU College since 1990 and have great respect for Kodava culture and tradition. With respect to patriotism among Kodavas who are serving for the country, I have great respect. However, I never intended to hurt their sentiments. I do not have any association with Naxal movement. Let police clarify whether I have any connection with  the Naxals.”

-DHNS

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‘Balele bandh’ on March 29

Madikeri:Members of the Kodava Samaja in Belele town of Virajpet taluk in Kodagu and several other organisations have called for a “Balele bandh” on March 29 in protest against the alleged derogatory references to the Kodava community in a book written by J. Somanna, a lecturer at Vijayalakshmi Junior College in Balele.

President of the Balele Kodava Samaja Malchira Bose told presspersons here on Wednesday that there were unwanted references to the style in whichsari is worn by Kodava women and blasphemous remarks against Goddess Cauvery, the presiding deity of the Kodavas, in the book “Dalit Lokada Novu Nalivu.”

Mr. Somanna must apologise to the Kodava people and withdraw his book, he demanded. Mr. Bose said they would not disturb the ongoing examinations or prevent buses from plying.

The Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police would be apprised of the issue, Mr. Bose pointed out.

Explanation

Secretary of the college C.S. Krishna Ganapathi said a explanation was sought from the lecturer following a letter from the samaja, but he denied writing anything derogatory against the community.

Mr. Somanna also took up the matter with veteran politician A.K. Subbaiah who released a press statement condemning the decision of the college to seek an explanation from the writer.

Support

Yuvaka Sangha from Kottageri; Gorugodu Aiyappa Sangha from Karmadu; Sports Club and Farmers’ Association from Balele town; Kalluguddeshwara Swasahaya Sangha from Ponnappasante; Vijaya Grameena Sangha from Nittur; Kodava Sangha from Devanoor and Sarvajanika Hitarakshna Samiti from Srimangla have extended support to the March 29 bandh, Mr. Bose added.

– The Hindu

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Incentives to boost honey production in Kodagu

Coorg Honey and Wax Producers’ Cooperative Society at Virajpet in Kodagu will offer concessions to its members to encourage honey production in the district, president of the society K.K. Mandanna said on Friday.

Addressing presspersons here, he said the society would provide 25 per cent concession on beehives made of teakwood. The cost of the each unit was Rs. 2,000. “Honey family”, comprising bees and honeycomb, too was being given concession up to 50 per cent. Besides, the Department of Horticulture here was supplying material needed for beekeeping by providing 25 per cent concession. The Dharmastala Gramabhyudaya Samste too was offering concessions on purchase of beehives.

Mr. Mandanna said the society had processed 60,000 kg of honey procured from different parts of the district, mainly Makutta and Thithimathi.

There was a demand for one lakh kg of honey in Kodagu every year, he said, and urged farmers to take to beekeeping to meet the demand. He did not rule out adulteration of honey by some persons in Kodagu, especially while selling it to tourists. The society sold “Agmark” certified honey. The society’s annual turnover was Rs. 1.5 crore, he said.

The former president of the society Chiriyapanda Raja Nanjappa said that honey was not being bought by the society from outside the district or State. He ruled out adulteration of honey sold by the society. The “Thai sac brood” disease played havoc some years ago, affecting honey production in the district. Honey production had improved now, Mr. Nanjappa said.

B.C. Somaiah, member of the society, was present.

-The Hindu

Coorg royal family in Andra Pradesh!

It’s interesting to note how the descendents of Coorg royal family came to settle down in Bodhan.

In a sub-continent that has been in existence for ages, it is no surprise that there is every possibility of us crossing paths with the descendents of some king or sultan who had reigned over some part of the Indian soil. Within the confines of this city, or more so a fairly small place called Bodhan in this State (Nizamabad district to be precise), we’d come across the direct descendents of the Coorg royalty — the Haleri clan that had held sway over the exotic tract of land for nearly 234 years. That they found their way to Bodhan is mind-blowing, for Coorg is nowhere in the horizon of Andhra Pradesh! But as Lakshmi Devi Sardesai and her son Ajay Rajendra Wadiyar point out, there is a third dimension to the riddle —the Benaras factor.

The jigsaw nature of Coorg history started unfolding no sooner than Lakshmi Devi began her crisp narration introducing herself as the great granddaughter of the last king of Coorg Chikka Veera Rajendra. The beautiful lady is grace personified, albeit a little frail. Says she, “to cut a long story short, the last rajah was arrested by the British (East India Company) and put in house arrest at a place of his choice and this happened to be Benaras.”

The East India Company provided him with a privy purse which allowed him, his four sons and daughter Gowramma to live in comfort if not luxury. One of the sons was Lakshmi devi’s grandfather on the paternal side. Chikka Veera Rajendra along with his daughter went to Britain to plead for his case to no avail. His daughter was baptized there after the Queen of England who took a liking to the beautiful Gowramma but the Rajah refused to convert, it was reported. Heart-broken, he left his daughter along with the royal jewels in the care of a British royal couple and died quite suddenly in London. The mortal remains of his body buried in that country was later sent to Benaras to be immersed in the Ganga as per Hindu custom.

Now, where is the Bodhan link? Smiling, Lakshmi Devi shares the information for the Veera Shaiva sect, there was a mutt (Jangamvadi) in Kasi (Benaras) headed by a Panchacharya (seer). Congregation of all lingayat priests (Jangam) from across the length and breadth of the country at this mutt at least annually was not uncommon then and even now. It so happened that one Jangam from Bodhan Samsthan met Chikka Rajendra’s son at Benaras during one of his visits to the place.

An alliance for the two daughters of the king was proposed to the Deshmukh of Bodhan. Both were without heirs and it was then that one of the sisters decided to call her brother’s son (nephew) to Bodhan to take care of the family and property. That’s how Linga Rajendra (third son of Veera Rajendra) came to settle down at Bodhan. The other three sons of the rajah were Veera Rajendra, Mudhu Rajendra and Chandrashekara Rajendra. Since Linga Rajendra at a young age his and my widowed grandmother called for her youngest brother-in-law to take care of the Samsthan at Bodhan.

It’s interesting to know that Lakshmi Devi’s second son was adopted by her father to take on the family name as there was no male progeny. The silverware, brassware embossed with the royal seal and gazette notifications are the only precious preserves now with the family while the original Madikeri (Markara) palace at Coorg has been housing the Collectorate now.

The erudite Lakhmi Devi, is personification of the three ‘Bs’ (beauty, brains and breed) not to talk of the Coorg secularism.

-Report: Ranee Kumar, Photograph: Sathish H , The Hindu

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