Protests over Alleged Rape at Indian School

Protests over Alleged Rape at Indian School

(AFP) Hundreds of outraged parents stormed a top private school in the Indian city of Bangalore Thursday to protest against the alleged rape of a six-year-old pupil by two staff members, police said.

Two men — a sports teacher and an assistant — have been detained after the victim’s parents filed a complaint that she had been sexually assaulted on the premises.

Police said the girl had complained of the July 2 attack to a teacher, but the school had failed to inform her parents who only learned of the incident a week later when she shared details with them.

A crowd of angry parents demanding answers from the Vibgyor High School management, which they accused of shielding the accused, ripped down a locked entrance gate on Thursday and smashed windows.

School chairman Rustom Kerawalla said he was cooperating with police.

The child was allegedly assaulted in a classroom and one parent accused the school, a top fee-paying institution favoured by local politicians and businessmen, of failing to do background checks.

India is especially sensitive to cases of sexual violence after the 2012 fatal gang-rape of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi which led to a public outcry and new tougher laws to deter rapists.