School head charged with hindering rape probe

Police in India have arrested the head of a school where a six-year-old girl was raped and charged him with hindering the investigation.

Rustom Kerawalla was charged with negligence for failing to ensure the student’s safety, police in the southern city of Bangalore said.

Earlier this week, police also arrested the school’s skating instructor and charged him with attacking the girl. The instructor has been teaching at the school since 2011 and police said officials performed no background check when they hired him.

Police say the girl was assaulted on July 2 when she left her classroom to go to the toilet. They say she is recovering from the attack.

It came after thousands of people angry over alleged police inaction in the case rallied at the weekend to demand arrests.

More than 4,000 parents and relatives of children who attend the school in Bangalore, shouted slogans against the school’s administration and demanded that police arrest those involved.

They carried placards reading “Enough is enough” and “We want justice”, and walked more than 3km to one of Bangalore’s main police stations.

The rape has raised questions about the safety of India’s schoolchildren and sparked nationwide outrage over rampant sexual violence against girls and women.

Angry politicians discussed the incident in the state assembly and demanded that the government of Karnataka state, of which Bangalore is the capital, punish the school principal and other administrators who allegedly tried to hush it up.


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