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Rape shame: Protests turn violent in Bangalore, police resort to lathi-charge

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 14:27

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

Bangalore: Protests continued in Bangalore on Monday in connection with the rape of a six-year-old child in a school here.

A large number of protesters, including parents and ABVP activists, gathered outside the Vibgyor High School here this morning.

A scuffle broke out between the protesters and police after the former attempted to break barricades.
The police then had to resort to lathi-charge to dispel the protesters.

"We were peacefully protesting, we wanted the management to come out and respond to us about its inaction in this case; but police here manhandled us, they manhandled our women protesters, no women police staff are present here," a protester alleged.

However, when questioned, a police official at the spot said, "no one was pushed or manhandled, we were just trying to restrain them. Adequate woman staff is present here...."

On Sunday, the police arrested a skating instructor at the public school in connection with the alleged rape of the six-year-old student.

It was the first arrest in the incident which occurred on July 2 and came to light on July 14 after a police complaint was lodged.
"Mustafa, a skating instructor, has been arrested," Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said yesterday.

Police said they also seized a laptop and a mobile from the accused which are filled with pornographic material. "The laptop had videos of school children being raped downloaded from Internet. This shows his state of mind," the commissioner added.

First Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 13:08

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