This incident comes in the aftemath of a horrendous gangrape of a 23-year-old in Delhi. Five men and a teenager have been charged with her rape and murder, who died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from horrific injuries. - File Photo
This incident comes in the aftemath of a horrendous gangrape of a 23-year-old in Delhi. Five men and a teenager have been charged with her rape and murder, who died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from horrific injuries. - File Photo

PANAJI: A seven-year-old girl has been raped in a school toilet in the Indian holiday state of Goa, sparking mass protests and the arrest of her headmistress, police said on Tuesday.

The incident was reported in the city of Vasco da Gama on Monday, sparking a massive manhunt to trace the accused, thought to be in his early 20s.

“The girl was raped inside the school toilet during recess,” a police official told AFP, requesting not to be named. He said the toilet was situated next to the headmistress's office at Deepvihar High School, which has a primary section.

Thousands of people surrounded the school on Monday night demanding the arrest of headmistress and the perpetrator, who is yet to be found.

The headmistress, whose name has been withheld to protect the girl's identity, was initially detained and later arrested for alleged negligence of duty, the police official said.

The arrest comes after the gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi last month sparked nationwide protests and fuelled anger across India over the alarming incidence of sexual assault.

Five men and a teenager have been charged with the rape and murder of the 23-year-old woman, who died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from horrific injuries.

Also in Goa on Monday, a policeman was arrested accused of sexually abusing sex workers, who said he and two other policemen – all now suspended – had been sexually exploiting them in return for protection of their trade.


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Ahsen
January 15, 2013 9:50 am
So is the indian govt gona change the penalty for rape ?
Khan
January 15, 2013 1:32 pm
It is high time for the indian authorities to wake up and realise that their so called bread and butter film industry has sabotaged their social culture.I wonder now they would make hue and cry on border violations across LOC to divert attention of its people and poor innocent indians will totally forget this incident and many like these and start bash Pakistan mantra.Really a sad state of ordeal.
omer khan shaheen
January 15, 2013 1:01 pm
Why beat drums at the border when some thing else requires serious attention? It's time both countries wake up and focus on their social issues that are taking nose dive.
Amir Bangash
January 15, 2013 8:45 am
It is very sad that no Indian women feels safe once she steps out of her home. Their film industries have destroyed their own cultural values. They must impose ban on vulgar movies and only there after they can think of some improvement in the situation other wise the incidents of rapes and gang rapes will continue and it is not known how many other victims will commit suicide or remain under mental stress for the rest of their lives.
Tanz
January 15, 2013 8:51 am
And they are still wondering if itemizing women in movies has its effect on society, pity!!
Ankahi Baatein
January 15, 2013 10:47 am
OMG...this is really heart breaking....now a seven year old being raped in school!!!!!???? This is really humanity at its lowest! Concerned authorities should speed up the trials of such heinous crimes and hang the culprits in public...this seems the only way to stop this repulsive act being repeated again and again!
Basu
January 15, 2013 6:32 pm
Movies have absolutely nothing to do with it...women are raped in villages without access to television.The real reasons are far more complex, sexual repression, lack of education and career prospects for those from a lower strata of society, leading to frustration and hopelessness, overworked judicial system are just the tip of the iceberg...and these problems are not easy to solve.
Madan
January 15, 2013 6:51 pm
Sex crimes are unforgivable. Having said that, I wish to remind our friends that there are more than a billion people in India. There are always bad sheep in any society. A head-mistress cannot be following every potential victim or perpetrator. So let us not lose our sense of proportion. Let us catch the alleged criminal and move with prudence.
BEA
January 15, 2013 8:44 pm
No one said she should follow every student around it is the schools resposability to protect its students how can a man walk in a school and rape a child and then walk away its sick.
BEA
January 15, 2013 8:44 pm
well said.
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