Fresh protests gripped Bangalore on Monday, as the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a demonstration in front of the school where a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped on July 2, even as the city police commissioner was transferred.
Parents and members of various organisations stage a protest near HAL police station in Bangalore demanding justice and strict punishment for the culprits of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old student at Vibgyor High School at Maratahalli. (Photo credit: KPN)
The demonstration turned violent after members of the ABVP broke police barricades and tried to barge into the institute.
Some of them raised slogans against the principal and demanded action against him. Parents, however, were not sure whether to launch a separate complaint against the school authorities in the case that has sent shock waves across the nation.
Meanwhile, Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar was transferred on Monday. The police had faced mounting public anger over the delay in making any arrest in the minor's alleged rape and over a series of sex crimes.
The sexual assault on the child, the alleged rapes of a 22-year-old woman in a car in the city and of a 15-year-old training to be a nun have led to an outpouring of public anger in the Karnataka capital.
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The police had announced on Sunday the arrest of Mustafa, the school's skating instructor, in connection with the alleged rape of the six-year-old. The police said they recovered child pornography and videos of students being assaulted in the suspect's laptop.
Mustafa's wife, Ayesha, however, told HT that her husband was innocent. "I don't believe in all these (allegations)… We are too poor to afford a lawyer."
The police had said Mustafa, 30, had several expensive gadgets such as high-end laptops and mobile phones, even though his salary was just Rs. 18,000 a month.
Ayesha said Mustafa also taught skating to children in an apartment, and there was no complaint against him. Some reports on Monday said Mustafa was sacked from his previous job — also in a school.
In the face of the protests over security of children and women, the Karnataka government is learnt to have charting guidelines for their safety.