In a shocking case of sexual assault in Australia, a man of Indian origins named Balesh Dhankar has been found guilty of raping five Korean women after getting them under the influence of drugs. The District Court Jury in Sydney has termed Dhankar as ‘one of the worst rapists’ in the recent history of the city.
According to reports, Dhankar lured the women and raped them after getting them paralysed with drugs. He was described by the jury as a ‘politically connected individual’ and the head of the Overseas Friends of the BJP in the New South Wales region of Australia. Dhankar had close contacts with prominent Indians in the area, and his website even featured a picture with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
In 2018, when the police searched for his house, they found several tapes of Dhankar having sex with women. Some of the women were asleep, while others fought with him over the same. Dhankar recorded his predatory sexual activities using a hidden camera on his bedside.
The jury foreman replied guilty to all 39 charges being read out against Dhankar, and the 43-year-old man will be sentenced later this year. According to reports, Dhankar cried while talking about lying to a woman because of his loneliness after an extra-marital affair. He blamed the ‘unfulfilling’ intimacy in his marriage to be one of the reasons for his affairs.\
This case has sent shockwaves throughout Australia and the Indian community in the country. The authorities have condemned Dhankar’s actions, and the victims have been offered support and counseling. The sentencing will bring some closure to the victims and their families, but the impact of this case will be felt for a long time to come.