The victim was also pregnant

Bengaluru cable service man gained entry into house on repair pretext raped womanImage for representation
news Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 16:35

VS Ugrappa, the head of the committee expert committee tasked with looking into crimes against women and children will visit a woman who was sexually assaulted by a cable service man some weeks ago.

Bengaluru police on Monday arrested a cable service man on the charge of raping a woman from the Cottonpete area of the city. They arrested him a week after the incident happened.

Congress MLA Ugrappa, who has been in touch with the police, said that the 35-year-old woman and her husband, who works in a private firm, had recently moved to the city from Hyderabad. The victim was also pregnant.

Mahesh alias Munireddy, who worked at a DTH service company, allegedly confessed to the Cottonpete police that he entered the victim’s house on the pretext of repairing the television antenna, said Ugrappa.

“A few days before the incident, the accused had visited the couple’s house to set up the cable connection. He must have noted this woman was alone while her husband was off to work. On the day of the incident he came to their place saying he got a complaint that there was some issue with the connection. The woman opened the door as she recognised him,” he said.

“Pretending like he rectified the problem, he came down and asked the woman to check the television. While she was doing so he threw chilly powder on her and sexually assaulted her after locking the door,” he added.

The woman informed her family members and they filed a complaint against him. The woman and Mahesh were sent for medical examination on Monday. Mahesh has been remanded to judicial custody. 

Ugrappa said that he would look into the review the plan of action of the police. “I will make sure stringent action is being taken. I will recommend only after I get more details from the police,” he said. 

The Ugrappa-headed committee had submitted an interim report based on 10 cases from across the state. The report was submitted last December with recommendations.


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