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Varun Kumar, Arjuna award winner and hockey star, booked under POCSO Act by Bengaluru Police

"Based on the complaint received from the woman, we have registered a case on Monday against the Hockey player under appropriate section of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and sections 376 (rape) and 420 of the Indian Penal Code," Bengaluru Police statement said.

Sumeet Kavthale Written By: Sumeet Kavthale @sumeetkavthale New Delhi Updated on: February 06, 2024 18:55 IST
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Image Source : GETTY Varun Kumar at the Asian Games 2018

The Bengaluru Police filed a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) case against the star Indian hockey player Varun Kumar on Monday, February 5, for allegedly raping a minor. The police also filed sections 376 (rape) and 420 against the Arjuna Award-winning defender.  

According to a report from the PTI, the 22-year-old woman alleged that the player repeatedly raped her by promising to marry her when she was 17. The complaint also reveals that she established contact with the national team player in 2018 through Instagram.

Bengaluru Police said that they have filed the POCSO act, sections 376 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code against Varun Kumar, who is currently with the national team in Bhubaneshwar for the preparations of the FIH Pro League. 

"Based on the complaint received from the woman, we have registered a case on Monday against the Hockey player under appropriate section of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and sections 376 (rape) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code," the Bengaluru Police said in a statement.

The report also adds that the player made physical contact with the girl despite knowing that she was a minor in 2019. The accused said that Varun promised her to marry but eventually distanced himself and stopped replying to her calls and messages. 

"She accused him of getting physical with her on several occasions over the five-year long relationship she shared with him on the pretext of marriage," an FIR said.

Varun, 28, was part of the national team that won the Gold medal in the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou and the Silver in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Varun was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2021 for his contribution to the Indian hockey team.

Born in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, Varun made his senior debut for India in 2017 and since then has made 142 appearances for the national team scoring 40 goals.

Inputs from PTI

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