Bangalore, Jan 8: The 1990 Ruchika molestation case has brought to light many instances of men in power committing crimes against women. In the latest case, a senior Karnataka IAS officer has landed in trouble for seeking sexual favours from a widow.
The incident which came to light on Tuesday, Jan 5, became a serious matter when the BS Yeddyurappa government ordered probe into the alleged complaints a day later.
D K Rangaswamy, who is currently the state's Mass Education Director, was serving as Ramanagaram district deputy commissioner in 2007, when he allegedly sought sexual favours from a young widow.
"Investigation is on," Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said, but refused to reveal information on who was conducting the probe.
The complaint was filed two years ago by R Yamini, who is a resident of Rajarajeshwarinagar in the city. Yamini claims that Rangaswamy made these demands when she went to him seeking help to transfer her husband"s land to her name following his death in 2007.
The case hit the limelight, in the wake of the country's fury over the 19 year old molestation case of 14-year-old Ruchika, when a local newspaper reported on it using the Right to Information (RTI) Act from Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santhosh Hegde"s office.
Justice Hedge not only alleged that the state government was shielding a top bureaucrat, but also recommended a departmental inquiry against Rangaswamy.