Rudrappa was suspended last week following an inquiry by the Internal Complaints Committee of the Sports Authority of India, on an accusation of molestation by a minor.

Bengaluru-based Kabbadi coach accused of molesting a girl kills self
news Suicide Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 14:59

Less than a week after he was accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru, a 59-year-old Kabbadi coach ended his life on Sunday. On Monday, the staff at a local hotel in Davangere district informed the police of a foul smell emanating from one of their rooms. When the police went in, they found Rudrappa Hosamani’s body.

Rudrappa Hosamani was suspended last week following an inquiry by the Internal Complaints Committee of the Sports Authority of India, on an accusation of molestation by a minor girl. According to the Jnanabharathi Police, the alleged incident of molestation took place on October 9 in the girls’ locker room at the kabaddi arena at the Sports Authority of India campus.

Police say that around 4.15 pm on Tuesday, the girl screamed for help in the locker room near the kabaddi ground of the sports complex. A function was being held in the auditorium when the incident occurred and most of coaches and athletes were in attendance. The girl ran out of the locker room and called her mother immediately. The girl’s father and uncle arrived at the venue immediately and allegedly assaulted Rudrappa.

They allegedly dragged him to the office where a handwritten complaint was submitted by the girl to the Sports Authority of India. Police say that Rudrappa confessed to molesting the girl that day when the girl lodged a complaint.

On October 10, the SAI’s ICC was convened to investigate the matter. Soon after Rudrappa was questioned, he was suspended and an FIR was registered at the Jnanabharathi Police Station, under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

On Monday, his body was found in a Davanegere hotel. “He left behind a suicide note addressed to his family,” the Harihar Police said.

His  body was handed over to his family members after an autopsy was performed at the Harihar Government Hospital on Monday evening.

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