Major breakthrough: Skating instructor arrested for rape of Bangalore child
BANGALORE: In a major breakthrough in the six-year-old’s
rape case, a skating instructor of a public school in Bangalore has been
arrested on Sunday, police sources said. The accused is Mustafa and is a
30-year-old. More details are awaited.
The arrest took place even as protests continued for
the fourth day on Sunday demanding action from police which have detained eight
persons for questioning.
Agitated over police failure to make any arrest, civil
society activists and parents of students studying at the city-based Vibgyor
School staged a protest at Freedom Park in Bangalore while in other parts of
the city, BJP Minority Morcha and ‘bikers association’ staged protests.
Venting their ire, the protestors demanded that police
take action and immediately arrest the guilty and punish the school management
for not taking prompt action. The incident occurred on July 2, but came to
light on July 15.
A woman member of the Red Brigade, a forum created on
Facebook to raise voice against series of rape incidents taking place in the
city, said, “The government should stand up to protect us (women) and girl
children from the hungry predators on the prowl. We as women also have the
responsibility to vent our anger and fight to give justice to the rape victims,”
Another Red Brigate representative said, “It is really
shocking that rape incidents are taking place more in numbers. The police
should immediately arrest the guilty even as police are interrogating the eight
detained persons. Their arrest will increase faith in the police and the
government, which has taken a beating,” he said.
As anger is mounting against the authorities, Police
Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar is expected to visit the venue to address the
protestors. The state government has written to the Council for the Indian
School Certificate Examinations Board to derecognise the school as it comes
under its ambit as ICSE school.
The alleged rape of the girl has triggered protests
from outraged parents, who suspect involvement of school staffers, as also from
civil society. This incident and the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman in a
car here on July 10 has led to an outpouring of public anger.