Karnataka politics on Friday hit a new low after former Deputy Chief Minister KS Eshwarappa attacked State Home Minister KJ George in a crude manner. The BJP leader made a controversial statement while reacting to the mysterious death of high school student Nandita in Thirthahalli.
Eshwarppa was speaking to the media in Bangalore when he made the controversial statement. "How do you react if your daughter was raped?" The BJP leader asked George, adding that the government is trying to protect the culprits and that he has not seen such a government in his political history.
He further added, "The government is arresting those who are fighting for justice and has no interest in nabbing the culprits." He also accused the government of giving a communal angle to the story and attacked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
The former deputy chief minister demanded an immediate resignation of the home minister. Meanwhile, Prahalad Joshi, the state BJP president, has said that it was unfortunate that Eshwarppa criticised George using such language. He asked politicians not to use these kind of words while expressing their anger. Joshi promised to discuss the issue with Eshwarappa.
Fourteen-year-old Nandita was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by four persons. As per the complaint filed by the victim's father, she was kidnapped on 29 October while she was on her way to school. She was discovered at a forest in Anandagiri Hill and the gang of four had forced her to consume some poisonous drink.
She was first taken to JC hospital in Thirthahalli, but her condition did not get any better, forcing her parents to shift her to Manipal hospital where she breathed her last on 31 October. The police were informed of her death 10 hours later.
The incident has led to huge protests from student unions and the opposition parties in Thirthahalli. Now, the case is being investigated by CID. However, there is no evidence of sexual assault and the medical reports verify it.