[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Thousands march in India over schoolgirl rape

At least 4,000 protest against alleged police inaction after six-year-old was raped in Bangalore school.

Last updated: 19 Jul 2014 14:57
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Police said eight members of the school's staff have been detained for questioning [EPA]

Thousands of people have marched in India to protest against alleged police inaction after a six-year-old girl was raped at a school in Bangalore, the country's technology hub.

More than 4,000 parents and relatives of children who attend the school shouted slogans against the school's administration on Saturday, and demanded that police arrest those involved in the July 2 incident, which was reported only this past week.

The rape has raised questions about the safety of India's schoolchildren and sparked nationwide outrage over rampant sexual violence against girls and women.

The school has refused to take responsibility for the crime.

The protesters squatted outside a police station and refused to move until the city's police chief assured them the suspects would be arrested.

Police said eight members of the school's staff had been detained for questioning.

127

Source:
AP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.