Law intern found dead in Bengaluru days after complaining of sexual harassment by senior lawyers


Police in Bengaluru have said that a law intern was found dead in mysterious circumstances just days after she complained of sexual harassment against two senior advocates.

The girl was from Andaman & Nicobar islands and was interning at Bengaluru-based law firm Jayanth M. Puttanshetti and Associates on Infantry Road. A report by Times of India said that she was asked to work under the supervision of an advocate, identified as Chandra Naik T, at the same law firm.

Chandra then reportedly introduced her to another lawyer called Chetan Desai. In her police complaint filed at Commercial Street Police Station just days before her mysterious death, she had stated that the two advocates would often sexually harass her. She said that the duo would ‘take her to pubs and bars and force her to consume alcohol.’ “They would then touch her inappropriately and sexually harass her,” the girl said in her complaint.

The girl had filed a police complaint on 20 November, while her dead body was found at her PG in Malleswaram area of Bengaluru on Saturday. The PG owner Leelavathi too has filed a police complaint after the death of the intern asking for a thorough investigation into the cause of her death.

Leelavathi, according to the police, said that an advocate had brought the girl to her on 16 November and paid Rs 7,000 asking her to provide her an accommodation.