Hubballi: In an inhumane incident, miscreants made a boy perform naked pooja after making him believe that if he did this pooja, his family would come out of poverty and he could easily pay off his family’s debts.
The victim is a 16-year-old from a village in Koppal taluk, and the incident happened in Timmasagar village near Hubballi in the village’s community hall, as per the police complaint. The accused have been identified as Sharanappa Talwar, Virupan Gouda, and Sharanappa Ojanahalli.
According to the complaint, the boy came to Timmasagar village to work as labour in the Jala Jivan Mission project some two months ago. The boy one day shared his family’s financial problems with the accused, and the accused made him believe that if he performs naked Pooja, the problems his family was facing would vanish and they could lead a happy and luxurious life. The boy believed the accused words and took part in the fake pooja.
The boy was made to strip off his clothes and the miscreants applied vermillion and vibhuti all over his body and garlanded the flowers. The boy’s video was captured by the miscreants. The video had been leaked and had gone viral on social media. The boy, who remained quiet even after the leak of the video was threatened by the miscreants, read the complaint.
Koppal Rural police have registered a case against the accused under IPC sections 343, 504, and 506, as well as sections of the IT Act 66 (E), 67 (B), and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The police are searching for the accused and two teams have been formed to nab them.
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