Chitradurga: A POCSO case has been registered against Sivamurthy Muruga Saranaru, the abbot of the Muruga Mutt in Karnataka. The police are investigating Rashmi, who was working as a warden in the hostel of the monastery.
Murugamadam is functioning in Chitradurga, Karnataka. Shivamurthy Muruga Saranaru is working as the abbot of this Muruga Mutt. Schools with hostels are being run on behalf of this monastery. Many students are studying in it.
There was an allegation that Reverend Sivamurthy Muruga Saranaru had been sexually assaulting two 10th class students studying in the school for more than one and a half years. The affected girls complained to the Non-Government Social Service Organization in Mysore.
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Subsequently, the organization contacted the Child Protection Center and told about the children. Acting on this complaint, Child Protection Center Officer, Reverend Sivamurthy Muruga filed a complaint against Saranaru at Mysore Najarbad Police Station.
Subsequently, a case was registered against Abbot Sivamurthy Muruga Saranaru under the POCSO Act. In addition to this, the warden Rashmi, Basavathythia, Paramasivan and Gangatharayya, who were his accomplices, were also booked under the POCSO Act. The 2 female students who had made sexual complaints against the abbot appeared before the judge in the Chitradurga First Magistrate’s Court and gave a statement. Their statements have been recorded confidentially.
Child Protection Commission
Subsequently, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights voluntarily took up the case registered against Sivamurthy Muruga Sarana on charges of sexual harassment. The Commission for Protection of Child Rights has demanded a proper investigation into the incident and the identity of the victim should not be disclosed. It also said that a detailed report should be submitted within 7 days.
Interrogation with hostel warden
No one has been arrested in this matter including Abbot Sivamurthy Muruga Saranaru. In this situation, the warden of the hostel operating in Muruga Math has been taken to the police for investigation. The police are conducting a serious investigation regarding the sexual complaint of the students against him. This has created a stir in Karnataka.
An inquiry into the abbot soon?
Apart from that, it is said that in the next few days, Abbot Sivamurthy Muruga Saranaru is likely to be interrogated. The police are expected to take further action after the investigation of the warden is over.
Also, the people are protesting by stopping the car of Chitradurga Deputy Commissioner and condemning the district administration. Likewise, an anticipatory bail petition has been filed in the High Court of Karnataka on behalf of Reverend Sivamurthy Muruga Saranaru. It is noted that it will be heard tomorrow.
The warden of Murugha mutt in Chitradurga has been detained by the Karnataka Police in a rape case against the pontiff of the mutt Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru. This is the first detention in the case registered against the chief pontiff of the Lingayat mutt for the alleged sexual abuse of minors.
Story first published: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 18:20 [IST]
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