A business partner of private firm allegedly raped an employee in front of her one-year-old son on a field trip to Kodagu. According to reports, the woman had joined the firm as a customer care executive in January. She alleged the accused, T. Vivekananda, started harassing her for sexual favors but the victim has said to have warned him and kept a distance from him, threatening that she would report the incident to the cops. Read the complete report here.
The incident is said to have taken place in April when Vivekananda planned a field trip to Kodagu, also the victim’s native place, and made it a compulsion for her to be there. Vivekananda, the woman, and her son were accompanied by his business partner to Kodagu and the accused allegedly forced the victim to stay with them in a single room at a hotel.
According to the sources, the victim had taken her son to Kodagu thinking she would meet her mother and leave him with her until the end of the trip. She, however, had to keep her son at the hotel room because her mother asked her not to come home as some wild animals were sighted nearby. The victim and her son were left alone with accused in the hotel room after the other business partner left for Bengaluru the next morning due to an emergency, said an officer part of the investigation.
While they were still in Kodaku, Vivekananda allegedly filmed the victim while she was bathing and used the video to blackmail her, threatening to show it to her husband and upload it online. This is when he took advantage of the situation and raped her. He continued the same for the next few days. The accused had even rented a separate flat on Jakkur Road and had introduced the victim as his wife to the security guards and neighbors in the apartment. Fearing that the accused would upload the video online, the victim played along till her husband found out.
“After her husband learned about the incident, the victim claims to have narrated her ordeal to him. The couple then decided to file a complaint. The North East division police have registered a complaint in this regard a few days back. Knowing that a complaint was being registered against him, the accused fled to Andhra Pradesh and is still on the run. He is also trying to obtain bail from a lower court,” said the officer.
The police are yet to ascertain if the other business partner who was with the accused during the field trip was aware of the motive behind the trip.