Kabaddi coach accused of molesting girl commits suicide

The 59-year-old Kabaddi coach Rudrappa V. Hosamani allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl at the girl’s dressing room on October 9. After the girl raised an alarm, her parents had reached the SAI centre in North Bengaluru and thrashed him.

(Representative Image) SAI centre in Bengaluru, where a 13-year-old girl was molested by a coach.   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

The Kabbaddi coach at a Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility in the city, who was accused of molesting a 13-year-old Kabbaddi player and subsequently suspended, was found dead hanging at a private lodge in Harihara, Davanagere on Monday.

The coach Rudrappa V. Hosamani allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl at the girl’s dressing room on October 9. After the girl raised an alarm, her parents had reached the facility in North Bengaluru and thrashed him. The SAI suspended him the same day after he confessed to the incident.

Jnanabharathi Police had lodged a complaint against Mr. Hosamani under POCSO Act, 2012.

Rudrappa Hosamani is learnt to have checked into a lodge in Harihara town, Davanagere on Sunday morning. The hotel staff grew suspicious on Monday afternoon as he had not come out or opened the door even once after checking in. When their repeated calls to him went unheeded, they called the police, who broke open the door to find him hanging. Sources said that the body had already started decomposing, indicating he may have ended his life on Sunday.

Ravi D. Chennannavar, DCP (West), said the 59-year-old left behind a death note in which he apologised to his family – wife and son, SAI and all his students for his actions.