QBengaluru: Actress Questioned on #MeToo; Realtor Shot at
1. Sruthi Hariharan Questioned on ‘Me Too’ Allegations Against Actor Arjun, Stays Calm
The Me Too movement has now rocked the Kannada film industry. This, after the accusation made by popular actor Sruthi Hariharan against pan-South India star Arjun Sarja led to a high-voltage press conference in Bengaluru on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, Sruthi was faced with a volley of questions from reporters, ranging from the by now stereotypical “why didn’t you come forward earlier?”, to “what is the difference between a good and bad touch?”
The actor took the questions in her stride and resolutely replied. "This is not about whether a particular incident happened or not. People in a position of power are abusing it. People who are superstars are taking advantage of those who are vulnerable. That is wrong; whatever industry it is, it is wrong. We need an active Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to specifically address sexual harassment cases in the Kannada film industry.".
2. Realtor Shot at Over Property Dispute
A 42-year-old realtor was allegedly shot at over a land dispute in Jigani on the outskirts of the city on Sunday.
Tension prevailed among the local residents for sometime after they heard gun shots early in the morning and alerted the police.
The injured, identified as Rama Murthy, a resident of Lingapura, is recovering. The accused Sadappa, 61, escaped soon after the incident and efforts are on to track him down, the police said.
A senior police officer said the incident took place when Murthy, along with his cousins, had come to Karpuru village to clear the land.
3. Landlord Unleashes Dobermann on Travel Agent Over Rent
A landlord unleashed his Dobermann on the employee of a travel agency during an argument over rental payment. The dangerous dog bit the 54-year-old man all over the body, inflicting multiple injuries.
It all started when Rangachari, 24, arrived at the building owned by his family in Dasanapura near Madanayakanahalli on the city's northern outskirts on Sunday. With Dobermann by his side, he went to the travel agency's office and demanded that the roprietor, Gautam Chan Jain, pay him the rent from now on.
Jain refused to do so, saying he had been paying the rent to Rangachari's siblings as per the rental agreement. This clearly incensed Rangachari. He threated Jain and ransacked the office. Jain's employer, Shivaji Singh, objected to Rangachari's behaviour and tried to intervene. Rangachari got furious and unleashed the Dobermann on him.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
4. ‘Deve Gowda, Siddaramaiah Should Feel Ashamed’, says BJP Leader
Ravikumar, BJP general secretary and MLC, has criticised the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and the former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who were bitter foes once and now coming together only to keep BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa away from coming to power.
“I would have agreed if the two had come together for building the nation and development of the State. But these two have come together to keep the BJP and Mr. Yeddyurappa from coming to power. They should feel ashamed,” he said, while talking to presspersons here on Sunday.
He also took a dig at the Congress seeking to know the contribution of BJP MLA B. Sriramulu for the development of the district.
5. No More Sarees, all K'taka Women Police Officers to Wear Shirts and Pants
Policewomen in Karnataka will no longer be seen wearing sarees and will instead wear standard khaki uniforms consisting of pants and shirts along with belt and boots. The decision was taken by Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG/IG) Neelamani N Raju in a recent meeting. The decision was taken to make it easier for policewomen to react faster in the event of a crime.
Neelamani Raju held discussions with senior police officers including women police personnel before an order was issued to this effect. In particular, the issue of catching chain-snatchers and managing large crowds were highlighted in the discussion held on September 3 with women police officials. The DG/IGP suggested that women will be comfortable and faster wearing standard shirt and pant uniform instead of sarees.
While high ranking women officers wear shirts and pants, constables in the state still continue to wear khaki sarees. From now on, sarees will only be permitted on special occasions.