Mysuru: The Karnataka Police have arrested 5 people in connection with the gang-rape of a student and vicious assault on her friend in Mysuru, Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood confirmed the same the media.
A sixth person is on the run and the police are on the lookout for the accused, said Karnataka DGP.
All five are labourers from Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur district, Mr. Sood said, adding that one of those arrested seemed to be a juvenile; "... a 17-year-old. We are not sure... we are verifying," he said.
The Karnataka top cop, whose force had been criticised for not making any arrests following the horrific events of Tuesday evening, also said, "It is a sensitive case. We have technical and scientific evidence."
A 22-year-old MBA student from Maharashtra studying at a university here in Mysuru – was attacked at Chamundi Hills (a popular tourist spot on the outskirts of the city). Along with her, her friend too was assaulted by a group of drunken men.
A group of men, allegedly drinking saw the couple entering the forests and followed them. Taking advantage, the group of men attacked the couple and the horror that followed landed the two in a hospital about six hours later.
The men surrounded the couple and demanded money. On refusing to give any money, the men beat the young woman’s friend, and two of the accused allegedly raped her and inflicted severe injuries.
This brutal incident triggered furious protests in Karnataka and across the country.
The protests flared up post the outrageous and shocking comments made by Mr. Jnanendra, minister in Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s cabinet.
The first was his claim that the young woman and her friend "should not have gone there" - a remark many have seen as one that underscores the victim-blaming culture that is still rampant in sexual assault cases in this country and others.
The second was his equating the opposition Congress' protests against that horrible remark to an act of rape; he called it "an inhuman act"