6-year-old allegedly raped by staff at school in India

Police are investigating the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl at her school in Bangalore, India, and are trying to identify the gym teacher and security guard responsible for the attack.
By JC Finley  |  July 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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NEW DELHI, July 17 (UPI) -- A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a gym teacher and security guard at her school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore on July 2.

Her parents became aware of the sexual assault after the little girl complained of stomach pain and was taken to a hospital.

Police registered the case but have not yet arrested anyone. Authorities are still trying to determine who among the multiple gym teachers and security guards at the school assaulted the girl.

One parent complained that the school "handled it very shoddily." Hundreds of parents protested the school's perceived insensitivity toward the accusation.

School chairman Rustom Kerawal addressed a parents meeting on Thursday, promising "full cooperation" in the investigation and offering his "sincere apologies."

Sexual violence against women and girls in India has sparked public outrage. On July 7, a 14-year-old girl was raped in retaliation for her brother's inappropriate behavior toward a married woman. In May, two girls, ages 14 and 16, were gang-raped and hanged in the Budaun district in Uttar Pradesh state. Protesters took to the streets to call for an end to sexual violence against women and girls.

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