Karnataka Seer Shivamurthy Sharanaru, Charged With Sex Abuse, Arrested

Karnataka Seer Shivamurthy Sharanaru, Charged With Intercourse Abuse, Arrested

Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, the chief of Murugha Math — one of many key seminaries of Karnataka’s politically highly effective Lingayat group — has been arrested after allegations of rape from two faculty ladies. He was named in a case below Safety of Kids from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act after the 2 ladies alleged that they suffered sexual assault for years.

Shivamurthy Sharanaru has claimed that the allegations in opposition to him are a part of a long-drawn conspiracy. He has claimed that he can be proved harmless.

The arrest comes after days of demand from the Dalit group and others, together with a piece of workers of the Murugha Math. Given the quantity of political clout the Lingayat group wields, there was full silence from the state’s political leaders — the Congress and the ruling BJP.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s predecessor, former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had publicly backed him, saying the seer has been “falsely implicated”.

Earlier this month, Congress’s Rahul Gandhi had visited the mutt and was inducted into the Lingayat group by the Shivamurthy Sharanaru.