Protesters in India demand justice for 6-year-old rape victim

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Thousands of protesters gathered in Bangalore, India to protest the perceived inaction of police regarding a six-year-old girl who was allegedly raped in her school by two members of staff.

The alleged assault took place on 2 July, although it was only discovered last week when the girl was taken to hospital after complaining of stomach pain.

Close to 4,000 protesters, who included many parents of children who attend the Bangalore school, demanded that police arrest those responsible as they carried signs that read “Enough is enough” and “We want justice”.

“We have submitted a memorandum to Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar seeking the arrest of the culprits and stringent action against the school management for hushing up the criminal act,” said Nandish Reddy, one of the protesting parents.

“We want justice now, as we have waited long enough for the police to act. It is four days since the complaint was lodged and an FIR was registered but the accused have not been arrested yet nor the school’s management interrogated,” Reddy said

Police Commissioner Auradkar promised the outraged parents that the assailants will face justice.

“I request you to have faith in us. We are going to take action against the accused. Have patience and bear with us as our officers have been working 24/7 over the last four days investigating the case,” he said.

“I am sorry for keeping you waiting by reaching here late. I was waiting for an update on the case. There was a delay but our officers have been on the job. The moment the initial investigation is completed and credible evidence collected, I will take action and come back to you.”

This latest assault is not the first rape case in India to receive international attention in recent months.

In May, two teenage girls were raped and hanged from a tree in the country’s Uttar Pradesh state, which drew widespread international condemnation and brought attention to the endemic sexual violence against women in India.