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Bangalore minor's rape: School chairman arrested

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bangalore, July 23, 2014
First Published: 12:17 IST(23/7/2014) | Last Updated: 19:57 IST(23/7/2014)

Rustam Kerwalla, founder-chairperson of Vibgyor High, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of negligence in handling the case of a six-year-old girl's alleged rape in a Bangalore school three weeks ago.

Confirming the arrest, police commissioner MN Reddi said Kerwalla was picked up from Daman and Diu late on Tuesday night. He was brought to the Karnataka capital around 5am on Wednesday.

Parents have been demanding action against the Vibgyor High school authorities in Bangalore since reports about the alleged crime came to light.

Kerawalla has been booked under Section 21 of POSCO Act (for failing to report the crime to the police) and sections 23 of Juvenile Justice Act (for neglecting a child in need of protection) and 201 of the IPC (causing disappearance of evidence).

The school management has decided to approach a court against his arrest.

Read: Bangalore: Skating instructor of school arrested in 6-year-old girl's rape

The Vibgyor High group, which has 17 branches across India, is no stranger to controversies.  In 2013, the principal of a school in Pune, Reena Jalnawala, and her husband, Kusro Jalnawala, were arrested for trying to sell land to army by posing as the owners.

The alleged rape of the minor girl has triggered widespread protests across the nation. Police have arrested the skating instructor, Mustafa, on charges of assaulting the minor. According to police, they have found child pornography in the suspect's laptop.

Meanwhile, chief minister Siddaramaiah dismissed as "rumours" reports in the Kannada press that claimed home minister KJ George will be sacked.

"He will continue 100%. There has been no lapse by the government in dealing with the recent cases of rape," Siddaramaiah said, even as the opposition BJP stuck to its demand that George must step down.

Siddaramaiah's government is under intense scrutiny following the protests that have spilled on to Bangalore's streets. The chief minister had courted a controversy on Tuesday, asking the media if rape was the only news they covered.

Also, Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar was transferred on Monday. The police have been facing mounting public anger over the delay in making any arrest in the minor's alleged rape and over a series of sex crimes. 

Much to the government's relief, it got an unexpected support from the JD(S). Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said, "Asking for resignation is not going to solve anything. Some other minister will come (in home minister George's place). What the government has to do is ensure that such incidents don't happen."


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