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Murugha seer booked for sexually harassing four more girls

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Mysuru: The beleaguered pontiff of Murugha Mutt, Chitradurga, Dr Shivamurthy Murugha Sharana finds himself in deep trouble further, with four more minor girls accusing the former of sexual harassment.

The seer who is already in judicial custody after his arrest over the POCSO case registered on the charges of sexually harassing two minor girls, is accused of troubling four more girls aged 14, 15 and 12 years, in a similar fashion. 

What’s disturbing is, two among the victims are none other than the children’s of cooking assistant at the Dasoha (mass feeding) section of the mutt. 

The startling revelations came to light after the victim’s mother came down to Mysuru from Chitradurga and narrated her ordeal before Odanadi Seva Samsthe, Mysuru (It was through Odanadi that the previous two cases of sexual harassment involving the seer came to light after a complaint was lodged at Nazarbad police station in the city).

She later lodged a complaint at Nazarbad police station, followed by FIR on October 13.

The FIR has been filed against total seven including the first five accused booked in a similar case previously- Murugha Mutt seer Dr Sri Shivamurthy Murugha Sharana, Rashmi the hostel warden, junior pontiff Basavadithya, secretary Paramashivaiah, advocate Gangadharaiah, swamiji’s assistant Mahalinga and cook Karibasappa.

The charges are framed under relevant sections of IPC including POCSO Act 2012. 

According to the recent complaint, the seer sexually harassed the minor children’s of the cooking assistant till they attained puberty.

The woman, the victims mother had sought shelter in the mutt after her husband deserted them.

While she was employed at the Mutt, her kids were admitted to the school run by the Mutt and were accommodated at Basava Makkala Vasati Nilaya, the exclusive hostel for kids at the Mutt.

The elder daughter was admitted to grade three and younger daughter to grade one in the year 2016. The elder one was sexually harassed in 2019 when she was studying in grade seven and younger in grade five in 2020. The younger was sexually harassed during Covid vacation and it  continued till she attained puberty in a year.

Apart from the afore mentioned kids, two other kids were also sexually harassed by the seer.

The complainant has also alleged that warden Rashmi the co- accused in the case was forcing the kids to go to the seer’s personal room, citing some reasons. Whenever the kids showed reluctancy, they were threatened and forced to go inside the room. While the two other accused- Mahalinga and Karibasappa were standing guard outside the door, the complainant added claiming to have witnessed the duo aiding the seer. 

As the seer was influential in all the ways, I was feared to open up, also in the interest of my daughters future. As the two other girls lodged a complaint in Mysuru rather than doing so in Chitradurga, I met the representatives of Odanadi in Mysuru and filed a complaint, the complainant has narrated in her complaint.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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