A sexual assault case was lodged by a six-year-old schoolgirl who has been allegedly raped by two staff members at a prominent school in the southern India City of Bangalore.
The child was assaulted on July 2, but her parents discovered it only a few days after, when she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital.
According to BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi, the girl was allegedly raped by a security guard and a gym teacher, but with multiple guards and gym instructors in the school, they have been trying to identify the guilty.
As the news of the child’s rape became public, hundreds of parents gathered outside the school, protesting against the alleged insensitivity of the school management.
On Thursday, School Chairman, Rustom Kerawala, addressed a meeting of the parents where he offered his “sincere apologies” and promised “full cooperation” with the Police in investigation.
Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus, which led to a massive outrage in the country and forced the government to introduce tougher anti-rape laws, including the death penalty in rare cases.
The law has, however, failed to act as a deterrence. According to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau for 2013, one rape was reported every 21 minutes in the country.
The new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has promised a zero tolerance approach on crimes against women, violence and discrimination.