Bangalore: Hundreds of angry parents on Saturday protested the delay in arresting the two teachers accused of sexually assaulting a six-year-old student in a privately-run school in city’s suburb.
The citizens have complained that the accused are roaming freely and the police hasn’t begun interrogating school authorities. Pic for representation only
“We’ve submitted a memorandum to Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar seeking arrest of the culprits and stringent action against the school management for hushing up the criminal act,” Nandish Reddy, a parent, said.
Auradkar assured the parents of action against the culprits but did not say if the accused would be arrested.
“I request you to have faith in us. We are going to take action against the accused. Our officers have been working 24x7 over the last four days in investigating the case,” Auradkar told the parents.
About 500 social activists and youths also joined the agitated parents in staging a 4km-march protest from the school to HAL police station and demonstrated over the delay.
“We want justice now, as we have waited enough for the police to act. It has been four days since the complaint was lodged (July 15) and an FIR was registered but the accused have not been arrested yet nor the school’s management interrogated,” Reddy, a former BJP lawmaker from the city’s assembly segment, said.
Sharing the grief and anger of the parents, Auradkar said the incident was inhuman and condemnable.
“All of us are pained by the incident. The perpetrators will not be spared. Though the incident happened 18 days ago (July 2), there was a delay in knowing about it, as the child was in trauma and her parents took time to complain about the incident,” Auradkar said.
Rejecting the commissioner’s assurances, parents wanted the arrest of the culprits and investigation of the school management for its criminal negligence in not taking action against the accused and the class teacher.