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Police failure leading to series of rapes in Karnataka: Minister

Posted on Jan 02, 10:23PM | UNI

Karnataka Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje, the lone woman Minister in the BJP Government, today said police had 'totally failed' in tackling increasing instances of rape in the state.

In a strongly worded letter to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, copies of which were circulated to the press, Ms Karandlaje, a firebrand leader and ardent follower of Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who quit BJP to launch his own regional outfit, said, 'The police in Karnataka have totally failed to tackle the heinous incidents of rapes and assault on women which are on the rise.' She alleged the state had witnessed as many as 15 incidents of rapes in the last two months 'where minor girls and women are being brutally raped and even killed.

'But the police have remained clueless,' the Minister alleged.

In a virtual attack on Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok, who also holds Home portfolio, Ms Karandlaje claimed women were not assured of safety even while entering police stations even as police delayed or buried the cases filed by victims to safeguard the interests of the accused who were influential in the society.