Sandalwood choreographer and actor Karan Mahadev has been accused of raping a Bengaluru woman for two years. The woman filed a complaint with the Jnanabharati Police Station last week. 24-year-old Karan, who was a part of the film Goolihatti, allegedly raped, threatened and forced the woman to abort a baby.
According to the complaint filed by Sneha* (22), she befriended him on Facebook two years ago and Karan allegedly promised to teach her music and dance, which he had claimed is crucial for aspiring actors.
"We exchanged phone numbers and spoke for a few weeks. He told me that he is a choreographer and that he would teach me various dance forms. He also claimed to have good contacts with the Kannada film industry and promised to help me get a role in a movie," Sneha's complaint states.
Sneha says that she began speaking with Karan on the phone and a few weeks into their friendship, he allegedly asked her to meet him at his studio in Ullal Uppanagara. A few weeks later, Sneha says she went to Karan's studio every day for dance lessons. "A few days later, he misbehaved with me and I told him that I was not comfortable, as I was engaged to another man," Sneha's complaint states.
Karan allegedly threatened to malign her reputation and tell her fiance that she was in a relationship with Karan. "He forced me to have sexual relations with him. This went on for almost two years. He also had some recorded videos of us and would threaten to show them to my fiance and his family," she adds.
When Sneha became pregnant in earlier this year, Karan allegedly forced her to abort the baby. Sneha allegedly tried to distance herself from him and refused to speak with him. "He told my fiance and his family that I had sexual relations with him and also showed them the videos. The engagement was called off. He kept threatening me and once again forced me to have sex with him," her statement reads.
Unable to bear the harassment, Sneha approached the Jnanabharati Police on November 23 and filed a complaint. Karan has been booked under Sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 315 (preventing child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth) of the Indian Penal Code. The police are looking for Karan, who absconded after the FIR was registered.