By Sharanya Gopinathan
The man who was caught on CCTV footage stealing and wearing women’s underwear from the hostel in Maharani College for Women in Bangalore has been arrested by the police. He originally said that he was sleepwalking, and then later confessed that he was actually obsessed with women’s lingerie and couldn’t sleep at night because he was up thinking about it. His mental health is to be evaluated at NIMHANS.
Oddly, the police are also asking women to come forward and identify their underwear as part of the investigation.
Bangalore’s Maharani College seems to be facing some gruesome attacks from both inside the college and out.
Yesterday, news broke that a professor at Maharani College, Begur Ramalingappa, had been suspended based on complaints from a student which had then been confirmed by an internal complaints committee. The initial reports on Saturday said that the professor had kissed a female student “as she was wearing a new dress”, which is a fairly disconnected statement that makes about as much sense as saying that he kissed her as a cow had crossed the road near his house. There’s no reason that can ever be attributed to a molestation other than that the perpetrator was a disgusting creep. By the way, in one more unsurprising but gross instance of men sticking up for other men, another professor at the college has also been suspended for spreading false reports in the college about the molestation.
It isn’t just creeps in the college’s employ that seem to be roaming around Maharani College with violent intent. In a shocking expose by Deccan Chronicle, it’s been revealed that CCTV footage from the college hostel shows that a pervert outsider had entered the college, and was walking about dressed in women’s underwear and wielding a knife, threatening students and stealing their undergarments. Apparently, both the police and college authorities denied that such an event ever happened, but students say they’ve complained about this several times, and also, the authorities’ lies fly in the face of what you can see with your own damn eyes on camera. What reason could the college possibly have for ignoring student’s complaints, and how did someone decide to just let this slide until the newspaper expose?
Photo courtesy Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons