School head arrested in India over rape

Published July 24, 2014
Bangalore (India): Police detain an activist of a student organisation during a protest on Wednesday against the sexual assault of a six-year-old girl earlier this month. —Reuters
Bangalore (India): Police detain an activist of a student organisation during a protest on Wednesday against the sexual assault of a six-year-old girl earlier this month. —Reuters

NEW DELHI: The head of a school in southern India where a six-year-old girl was raped on July 2 was arrested on Wednesday and charged with hindering the investigation and negligence, police said.

Rustom Kerawalla, the chairman of VIBGYOR High school, was charged with negligence for failing to ensure the student’s safety.

Kerawalla made no statement to media as he was being led away by police.

Earlier this week police arrested the school’s skating instructor and charged him with attacking the child. Police said the school performed no background check while hiring the instructor in 2011.

Police beat back protesters against child rape in India

Newspapers have said that the instructor had been fired from a previous job for “inappropriate” behaviour with female students. Police said that the girl was recovering from the attack.

Over the weekend, parents and relatives of children who attend the school in Bangalore shouted slogans against the school’s administration and demanded that police act swiftly against those involved in the assault, which was reported only last week.

Published in Dawn, July 24th , 2014

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