Karnataka Seer Shivamurthy Sharanaru, Charged With Sex Abuse, Arrested

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Karnataka Seer Shivamurthy Sharanaru, Charged With Sex Abuse, Arrested


Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, the chief of Murugha Math, one of the key Lingayat seminaries of Karnataka, has been arrested after allegations of sexual abuse from school girls. He was named in a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act after two teenage girls alleged that they were abused for years.

Shivamurthy Sharanaru has claimed that the allegations against him were part of a long-drawn conspiracy. He has claimed that he would be proved innocent.

The girls – both students of Murugha Math — had approached a non-governmental organisation in Mysuru and said they were being abused.

On August 31, cases were registered against Shivamurthy Sharanaru under POCSO and the SC/ST Act, since one of the survivors belongs to the Dalit community.

The arrest came following protests by Dalit organisations.



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