Bantwal: A woman alone at home was sexually harassed and received death threats from a man from Hassan at Bondala near Kalladka on Tuesday.

The accused, identified as Pramod, an auto-rickshaw driver from Belur in Hassan, had a prior acquaintance with the woman. The woman, originally from Belur, had recently moved to her husband's home in Amturu near Kalladka. Pramod had driven her to her parents' home a few times, during which he reportedly obtained her phone number.

Pramod began harassing the woman over the phone and had previously come to her husband's home in Kalladka to threaten her and vandalize property. Despite being warned off then, Pramod traveled to Bantwal again on Tuesday. After confirming the woman's husband was not at home, he barged in and attempted to sexually harass her.

The woman's husband, who was nearby at a temple, rushed home upon hearing her screams. Pramod verbally abused the woman and threatened to kill her, her husband, and their child.

Based on the woman's complaint, Bantwal Police arrested Pramod and presented him before the court. The case is under investigation.

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Kolkata, Jul 22: Two newly elected Trinamool Congress MLAs, who were sworn in by the West Bengal Assembly Speaker recently, on Monday said they received mails from Raj Bhavan questioning the legality of the process and asking them to pay a fine of Rs 500 each.

Speaker Biman Banerjee had administered the oath to two MLAs - Rayat Hossain Sarkar and Sayantika Banerjee - on July 5 in the assembly, though the Governor had appointed Deputy Speaker Asish Banerjee for the task.

Sarkar said the mails informed the two that a fine of Rs 500 was imposed on each of them since, it alleged, their oath-taking and attending assembly session on its first day violated Constitutional norms.

The 10-day session of the House began on Monday and was adjourned after obituary references.

Sayantika Banerjee told PTI: "We have met the Speaker and showed him the mail. He said the Speaker's office is looking into the issue. We understand we have no problem in attending the session as elected representatives after taking oath in the temple of democracy – the state legislature.

To a question, she said she would continue to attend the assembly session.

sked if she had paid the fine, Banerjee said, "Why should I? Have we done anything illegal or improper?

The emails said that when the Constitutional head of the state designated someone to administer the oath to the MLAs, the Speaker had no jurisdiction in the matter.

The mails also alleged that several clauses were violated by the two newly elected MLAs by taking oath under the Speaker and attending the House session.

While Raj Bhavan sources confirmed that such emails were sent to the MLAs concerned, the Speaker could not be contacted for his comments.

The swearing-in of Sarkar and Sayantika Bandopadhyay on July 5 ended the month-long impasse between Raj Bhavan and the assembly over the venue of the ceremony and the administering authority.

On July 4, Governor Bose authorised Deputy Speaker Asish Banerjee to administer the oath in the assembly, retracting his earlier stance that the MLAs would be sworn in at Raj Bhavan.

However, during the one-day special session, Deputy Speaker Asish Banerjee declined to administer the oath, citing that it would be inappropriate in the presence of the Speaker.

"The constitutional transgression has been done in spite of Hon’ble Governor appointing Deputy Speaker as the person before whom the two newly elected MLAs shall make and subscribe an oath or affirmation," a statement from Raj Bhavan said on July 5.