Hundreds of residents of a lower-income neighbourhood in central Bengaluru (formerly known as Bangalore) went berserk and resorted to stone pelting on Wednesday following allegations that a minor girl was raped by her physical education teacher inside a local school.
While the teacher, identified as Krishna, has been arrested and booked under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, it is still unclear if the girl was actually raped. The present condition of the minor is also unknown.
Additional Commissioner law and order Alok Kumar, who sustained mild injuries in the violence, told HT at 5 pm that the focus would shift to the victim once the situation was brought under control.
Police lathicharged the rioters and fired teargas shells in the Goripalya and Old Guddadahalli localities — which are located off the highway to Mysore.
This is the second time this week that these areas have witnessed mass street violence.
A tense situation also prevailed during the Eid Milad celebrations over animal carcasses that were found near a place of worship. It wasn’t long before Wednesday’s episode — which started as a protest by the parents of the minor — degenerated into a riot with communal overtones.
The issue began to take on a communal colour because the alleged perpetrator and the victim are from different religious communities.
Local Janata Dal (Secular) MLA Zameer Ahmed told HT, “People are alleging that this is not the first time that this teacher (Krishna) has committed such a crime. I urge the police to investigate this matter with impartiality”.Watch:Bangalore: Parents thrash teacher accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old