Police charge them with sodomy after youthlodges complaint

The police, after a nightlong search operation, arrested five persons: three members of a peer educators’ group attached to the Hassan unit of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), an NGO; a paediatrician; and a government employee, on the charges of sodomy on Monday.

The arrested are Revanna, Fazil, Vishwanath (peer educators with Hassan unit of SVYM), H.K. Phalaksha, who runs his own clinic and the Tavaru Charitable Trust (that provides shelter to orphan children and helps childless couples adopt children), and Ravi Kanth, a government employee attached to the Hassan Zilla Panchayat.

The arrests were made based on a complaint filed by a youth who alleged that the paediatrician had sodomised him, and the SVYM staff had sent him to many MSM (men who have sex with men), one of whom was HIV positive.

The complainant was also forced to have sex with Ravi Kanth.

Ravi D. Channanavar, Superintendent of Police, led the team of officers that conducted nightlong search operations and arrested all of them by Monday morning. The police have launched a drive to arrest one more accused in the case.

The complainant told police that two persons had taken him to a lodge, promising to provide a job, and assaulted him sexually in 2011. Later, he was forced to continue the practice to earn income; then, he came into contact with the SVYM peer educators, who sent him to many MSM.

He told the police that Revanna had sent to him to a cloth merchant who was HIV positive. According to medical tests conducted in April 2012, the complainant, following this incident, was also identified as being HIV positive.