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Mar 07, 2007 at 07:58am IST

Lawyers rape woman, beat hubby

Bangalore: A video shot by local journalists in Bangalore shows how an old man and his wife were beaten up by six advocates within the premises of the Hassan court.

The man, Ramegowda was assaulted for confronting the same lawyers who allegedly gangraped his 48-year old wife Savitaramma.

"They told me they'll give me Rs 10,000 and to come with them, but when I argued and said don't say such things, they locked the room and raped me,” says Savitaramma.

Savitaramma was supposed to receive Rs 10,000 as compensation in an accident case. But when she went to her lawyer Jayaram, he allegedly asked her to have sex with him if she wanted the money.

When she refused, Jayaram along with five other advocates allegedly gangraped her.

When her husband came to know of the incident, he confronted the lawyers in court and was beaten up.

The authenticity of the rape charges against the lawyers will only be confirmed once the medical reports come in. But in the meantime, an FIR has been filed against the attack on Ramegowda and also the State Human Rights Council has stepped in.

"These advocates have got political backing. We have seen the situation, even police are supporting the advocates and until the February 23 afternoon no one has visited the hospital when incident took place on 21st. We will take strict action,” says President, Karnataka State Human Rights Council, S Vivekananda.

Savitaramma and her husband are scared to go back to Hassan. But they say they want justice at any cost.

"Whatever happened to me shouldn't happen to any woman. I request that the guilty be punished. If I don't get justice I'll kill myself,” says Savitaramma

Meanwhile, the Karnataka Human Rights Council has also asked the National Human Rights Commission to step in to ensure justice for Savitaramma and the advocate community in the city also wants stern action against the accused.

"So what if they are advocates. The law should take its course and they should be punished if they are guilty,” says a lawyer.

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