A survivor of the alleged intercourse scandal involving suspended JDS Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna and his father HD Revanna has urged Karnataka politicians “to not politicise our hapless state.” “Please don’t politicise our hapless state. Our lives have been ruined by these demons. However making it an election challenge won’t make you (politicians) any much less a demon than our perpetrators,” mentioned one of many survivors who lodged an FIR in opposition to Prajwal Revanna and his MLA father.

Not solely are the victims terribly traumatised by the alleged sexual and psychological abuse they needed to endure over years, they mentioned that they’re now fully ‘damaged’ after it turned an election pitch throughout get together traces. The Prajwal Revanna intercourse scandal has raised a political storm with the ruling Congress and BJP-JD(S) engaged in a political slugfest amidst the Lok Sabha polls.

The survivors who’ve come ahead have been secured and carefully guarded by the SIT investigating the case, however they converse of feeling trapped inside themselves, moderately than the 4 partitions of their secure home.

“If we didn’t file an FIR, we’d have been accused of taking cash from a specific get together. If we filed an FIR, we’re nonetheless being accused of taking cash from one other get together. All political events are the identical. Please don’t demean our lives by making us a poster marketing campaign particularly throughout these elections,” begged the male member of the household of one of many 4 victims who’ve come ahead to file an FIR.

Talking over the telephone, recounting her horror has been a Herculean job, however the survivor mentioned that she needed to reveal the father-son duo and their “demonic acts.”

“We stay in fixed worry. It has taken plenty of braveness and so much for individuals persuading us that they are going to stand by us that made us come ahead. We count on justice. We hope that that man (Prajwal) and his father are given a dying sentence for what they’ve finished to us,” mentioned one of many survivors whose daughter was additionally allegedly threatened and sexually abused over video calls.

She recounted the horror of the incident which allegedly came about in 2020 when she was working on the Basavanagudi residence in Bengaluru, as Bhavani (Prajwal’s mom) had come to the town to buy which she does typically.

“I used to be cleansing one of many rooms when all of a sudden he walked in latched the door and compelled himself on me and raped me. He simply mentioned nothing will occur, whereas I pleaded to let me go,” the aged survivor mentioned. The woman mentioned that she was so scared that she may hardly converse to her household and would make a fast name to test on them at round 1 or 2 am in sheer worry.

The daughter of the survivor added, “They used to feed her meals that was saved within the fridge which was previous. My mom didn’t even inform us what she was going by means of.”

The survivor’s daughter was additionally allegedly threatened, emotionally manipulated by claiming her father and mom can be harmed, forcing her to take away her garments over video calls. It was not simply Prajwal, she alleged, even HD Revanna had sexually harassed her mom at their Holenarsipura residence.

The ladies servants of the home would tremble on the considered Prajwal being current at their Hassan residence, she claimed. In her assertion to the SIT, she spoke of how the male servants of the home would safeguard them by asking them to return to do their family chores after Prajwal left the place. She additionally spoke of how she was verbally abused and referred to as indecent names. She alleged that Revanna had sexually assaulted her on the pretext of giving her a fruit which he had given to others in the primary corridor of the home, however requested her to take it from him from a non-public room inside the home.

The survivor claimed that the Revanna household used their affect to acquire a authorities website in Holenarasipura of their favour in 2018. The survivor’s household, after promoting their land in KR Nagara taluk, Mysuru district, constructed a home on the land, however in 2023, Bhavani despatched the police to evict them and took over the home.

Pressured out of their dwelling, with no place to sleep however the steps that led to their home, shedding one job after one other the survivor claimed that the highly effective political household would guarantee they have been sacked from each new job they took as much as survive. “All we wish is our home again,” she mentioned.

“The proprietor of the small home now we have rented after being thrown out of our dwelling has instructed us to vacate instantly. He mentioned our faces are everywhere in the web and WhatsApp and he doesn’t need individuals like us on his premises. We will’t even step out, individuals speak about us in whispers in entrance of us,” mentioned the survivor in a choked voice.

She claimed they (Revanna and Prajwal) have been misusing their energy, affect and cash to purchase the silence of the victims or nonetheless bodily assault households into submission.

One other survivor, whose video has been broadly circulated, who had allegedly been subjected to sexual abuse over 4 years from 2019, mentioned that she is going to solely converse to the investigating companies as they don’t have any belief or hope in any other case.

“We now have no face in society, we quietly endured it pondering it was our destiny as we have been poor and downtrodden. Now now we have taken this struggle to the courts. We now have nothing with us, we’re penniless, fraught with despair with simply hope in our hearts and a prayer on our lips,” mentioned the survivor’s member of the family whose detailed testimony has additionally been recorded by the SIT.

Lots of the victims didn’t know they have been being recorded on video till the clips started to be shared broadly on social media platforms bringing the alleged sexual assaults to the fore.

The aged survivor recalled how on April 24, two days earlier than the polling day, their neighbour got here to their dwelling and confirmed them the video of a girl whose clips had turn into viral. “We obtained to know that there have been movies solely when the police confirmed it to us. We have been horrified and numb. They took away all the pieces from us, even our soul,” mentioned the survivor and her daughter.

The son of one other survivor, who managed to flee from the farmhouse she was allegedly saved captive in, mentioned that the help they’ve been getting has given them braveness.

Within the FIR filed by the son of a former maid, he had alleged his mom was kidnapped by Satish Babanna, an aide of the previous minister and the JDS MLA on April 29. Babanna had allegedly taken away his mom just a few days earlier than the Lok Sabha elections.

Babanna had allegedly dropped his mom again on April 26. “He instructed my mother and father to not inform something to the police in the event that they got here to our home. He threatened us that we’d be booked in a case and instructed us to alert him if the police got here by.”

However Babanna returned on April 29 round 9 pm. “He instructed us that if my mom is caught by the police, a case could be registered and all of us will go to jail. He claimed that HD Revanna had instructed him to deliver my mom to him. He compelled my mom into accompanying him on his bike,” the complainant mentioned.

The complainant obtained to know later that “a video had been circulating of his mom being raped by Prajwal Revanna. They instructed me that regardless of my mom pleading to be spared, Prajwal Revanna had raped her.”

“My mom was in absolute worry that individuals now know concerning the movies, however we have been there to present her braveness and others are supporting us. They (SIT) mentioned, they are going to stand with us. They deal with us nicely and mentioned don’t hesitate or really feel ashamed,” he mentioned.

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