In a shocking incident, a top official of the Karnataka women and child welfare department has been charged with raping a woman who runs a school for children with special needs.
The victim, a 38-year-old woman who runs a school in Tumkur, around 75 km from here, has alleged that the official, Radha Krishna, had raped her on Thursday in a hotel on the outskirts of Bangalore. Krishna, 58, was arrested on Saturday and questioned by the police.
The victim has been running the school, which has 100 students and five teachers, for almost a decade. She had recently sought a grant of R1.7 lakh from the department.
Krishna, who is a deputy director in the department, allegedly promised to get the grant sanctioned by the government.
The victim alleged that he had been insisting that she accompany him to various places to get the funds sanctioned.
On Thursday, he allegedly took her to Narayana Comforts, a hotel in Yelahanka in the suburbs, and raped her. After repeatedly assaulting her, Krishna allegedly threatened to kill her if she reported the matter to anyone.
The victim, a widow with two children, stated that she had agreed to accompany Krishna for the “betterment” of her school. But Krishna exploited and took advantage of her, she alleged in her complaint to the police.
Preliminary investigation has confirmed that the two had checked into the hotel on Thursday.
“We are questioning Krishna and will record his version. The woman has been sent to Ambedkar Medical College for medical examination,” said G Ramesh, deputy commissioner of police (north-east division).