Mangaluru: "We are extremely disappointed with the way the sleaze CD case is being handled. The government failed to give confidence to the woman involved in the CD case. Misuse of power has been a continuing problem. The woman fighting for her rights needs to be listened to," said Vidya Dinakar, Social activist, co-founder of Naveddu Nilladiddare, Karnataka.
Naveddu Nilladiddare, a platform involving several women organizations wrote an open letter to the Home Minister of the Government of Karnataka demanding implementation of rules prescribed under the Nirbhaya law/ Criminal Act Amendment.
Speaking to News Karnataka, Vidya said "Everyone is equal in the eyes of law, but in this case, it is not found. It's known that when a powerful person is involved in the case, he will continue to influence the witnesses. A complainant can be silenced. Evidence can be turned around. So it is necessary to take serious action and put them behind the bars. We demand the impartial investigation under the courts' purview. This way the case is better handled, she opined.
The woman had gone underground soon after video clips containing her intimate chats as well as of her in a compromising position with Jarkiholi went viral on social media and news channels on March 2. This led to the minister's resignation the next day.
The woman in the CD case has written to the chief justice of the Karnataka High Court, requesting that the court orders the state government to provide her with security and oversee the investigation.
The woman has said that her family was compelled to give a statement to the Special Investigation Team after receiving a "threat" from Ramesh Jarkiholi (SIT). She also claims the SIT is working along with the former Karnataka minister.
Naveddu Nilladiddare demanded that protection should be provided to the complainant and her family. Transparency should be maintained in every procedure. Strict action should be taken against Minister Sudhakar for his comments. Press Council should take action against the anti-feminist and sexist news appearing in the media.
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