A former minister of the southern Indian state of Karnataka is in hospital after attempting suicide following an allegation of rape against him, reports say.

According to the India Today news website, SA Ramdas, the former Medical Education Minister, attempted to kill himself by hanging himself at a guest house in Mysore on Tuesday.

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He is now undergoing treatment at a hospital.

The website reported that a 35-year-old woman had earlier complained that the former minister had raped her. She had gone to seek his help after her husband died, but was raped.

India has been in the news in recent months for a string of rapes, including that of a medical student in the capital New Delhi that triggered unprecedented outrage and street protests across the country.

A women was allegedly gang raped recently in the eastern state of West Bengal on the orders of village elders as a punishment after being spotted with an outsider.

The federal government has responded to the outcry over sex assaults by passing stringent laws. A court in New Delhi has sentenced to death several of those found guilty in the rape of the medical student.

Source: Al Jazeera