Bengaluru Law Intern Found Dead After Filing Harassment Plaint
In a horrific incident, a 26-year-old girl from Bengaluru, who had filed a sexual harassment complaint against two lawyers a week ago, was found dead in her paying guest accommodation in Malleswaram on Saturday. The police suspects suicide as they found that she had ingested dangerous substances. The deceased woman was originally from Andaman & Nicobar Islands and she had come to Bengaluru five years ago to pursue a career in law.
On November 20, the woman approached the Commercial Street police to register an FIR against two lawyers as she accused them of misbehaving with her and groping her and also showing her indecent videos on several occasions.
A day before the incident, the woman identified as Pushpa Archana Lall had gone to meet her father Tulasi Lall, also an advocate in a lodge at Domlur where they had booked a room. She returned to her PG late at night after the meeting. Next morning, her father tried to reach her on her phone to discuss a meeting with a senior police officer about the sexual harassment case, but couldn’t. Leelavathi who runs the PG found her body on Saturday and called the cops. The Valikaval police checked her phone records and informed her father about the death. However, Lall left a suicide note behind.
So far the police have registered a case of death under Section 174 of the CrPC which deals with suspicious deaths. “As soon as she filed the case, we took action and registered the FIR without any delay. Meanwhile, the accused Chandra Naik T and Chetan Desai sought bail from the court,” said Rahal Kumar Shahapurwad, DCP (East), TNIE quoted.
“Naik introduced Pushpa to another advocate called Chetan Desai, a pleader with Karnataka High Court. Both of them used to take her to pubs and bars and force her to consume alcohol.”
Lall interned at Jayanth Pattanshetti and associates, a law firm on Infantry Road and under the mentorship of Chandra Naik T, according to what she told the police. In her FIR, she said, “Naik introduced Pushpa to another advocate called Chetan Desai, a pleader with Karnataka High Court. Both of them used to take her to pubs and bars and force her to consume alcohol. They would then touch her inappropriately and sexually harass her.”
The PG owner, Leelavathi told police that an advocate had brought Lall to her PG on November 16 and urged for her accommodation at her PG. He even paid Rs 7,000 as an advance for the room, she added.