Rape of child girls in Bangalore led to widespread protests
A six-year-old schoolgirl has been raped by two staff members at a prominent school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. The assault happened on 2 July but her parents discovered it only a few days ago after she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, hundreds of parents have protested outside the school, pulling down its gates and shouting slogans. The BBC's Andrew North in Delhi says it's the latest in a series of sexual assault cases that have made headlines in India.
India's sluggish judicial system means it can take years for victims to get justice. New Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a zero tolerance approach on crimes against women, but violence and discrimination against women remain deeply entrenched in society.
The girl was raped by a security guard and a gym teacher, but as there are multiple guards and gym instructors in the school, police say they are trying to identify the guilty, BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi reports from Bangalore.
As news of the incident became public, hundreds of parents gathered outside the school, protesting against the insensitivity of the school management.
"They have handled it very shoddily," said Vivek Sharma, parent of a boy studying in the school.
Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus. The brutal crime led to massive outrage in the country and forced the government to introduce tougher anti-rape laws, including the death penalty in rare cases.
But the law appears to have failed to act as a deterrent. Statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau for 2013 show one rape was reported every 21 minutes.
Bangalore Police announced the arrest of two gym instructors in connection with the rape of a six-year-old girl in a public school.
The arrested gym instructors have been identified as Lalgiri Indragiri, 21, of Bommanahalli and Wasim Pasha Moula Attara, 28, of Basavanagar.
Bangalore Police commissioner MN Reddy said that the accused duo were the ones who locked the victim inside the room and raped her.
Another accused Mustafa, who was the first one to be arrested, might be booked for carrying obscene pictures of children in his mobile set and in the alleged rape case that was reported from another private school in Whitefield couple of years back.
The rape incident led to widespread protests in the city.
A 29-year-old man was arrested for raping a two-year-old girl.
The victim's parents are labourers and the accused was their neighbour.
The accused works as an office boy in a private firm. he incident happened in HSR layout in South East Bangalore.
Earlier this week, another 6-year-old girl from a reputed school in Bangalore was raped by her teacher. This comes after another 3-year-old girl was also raped in Bangalore, leaving the entire nation agitated. People even took to the streets in the past few months demanding safety of their children in schools.
In the light of several rape cases emerging from Bangalore schools - Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has announced that the state government will set up a task force on school safety. Siddaramaiah said the task force will hold regular meetings with schools and parents, and ensure that school regulations and guidelines are properly implemented
In the second such instance in less than 10 days, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Tuesday and Wednesday by a Hindi teacher on the campus of her private school in east Bangalore.
The 37-year-old faculty member, identified as Jaishankar , was picked up for questioning on Thursday. He is believed to have raped her in the boys' toilet. The second rape was committed around 3.30pm.
On Tuesday, when the class I student complained of irritation in her private parts, her mother thought it was an infection. On Wednesday evening, when she again complained of pain, the mother rushed her to a gynecologist, who confirmed the sexual assault but refused to give it in writing or help further with police procedures.