People take out rally to protest gangrape
Following the accusation, girls residing in the hostel of the college, along with their parents, beat up the accused.india Updated: Feb 05, 2008 13:43 IST
Residents of Patan town in Gujarat on Tuesday took out a rally to demand action against six teachers of a government teachers training institute for allegedly gang raping a Dalit trainee.
A first year student of the Primary Teachers Training College on Monday alleged that teachers at the institution in Patan, about 130 km from Ahmedabad, had gang raped her 14 times in the past six months.
District Collector Vinod Rao told IANS that on Tuesday's rally had not disrupted normal life in the town because the protest march was "completely apolitical".
Following the student's accusation, about 100 girls residing in the hostel of the college, along with their parents, caught hold some of the accused and beat them up on Monday.
The government sent Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel, who is the legislator from Patan, and Minister for Higher Education Maya Kodnani to look into the matter.
However, they were greeted by slogans from parents of trainees as the ministers chose to discuss the issue with education department officials instead of them.
The district collector said the six teachers accused of rape have already been suspended.
He added that the district administration would take the "strictest of action that is possible against the culprits because as teachers they were expected to be role models for students".