8-Year-Old Allegedly Sexually Harassed In Bengaluru School

07/01/2015 2:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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Indian parents of school children along with activists of various child rights organisations protest against school management over the recent sexual harassment of a 6-year-old schoolgirl, in Bangalore on July 19, 2014. Angry parents staged protests outside the premises of the Vibgyor High School demanding that its management take responsibility for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl on the school premises. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Angry parents clashed with the police, set vehicles on fire and pelted stones after an eight-year-old girl complained of sexual harassment by a physical education teacher in a school in Bengaluru. The accused has been taken into custody.

TV reports said she was allegedly also told to remove her hijab.

Mayhem broke out outside the school after a second standard student complained of molestation. The local police resorted to lathicharge and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the angry mob who demanded action against the school teacher and resorted to stone pelting outside the school premises.

According to NDTV, angry protestors set vehicles on fire when the police resisted and ransacked the school.

The situation is now under control and the area has been cordoned off, the report stated. NDTV quoted Police Commissioner M N Reddi, who rushed to the spot, as saying that “there should be no instant justice”, and that the "courts would decide on the punishment for the accused".

"We have taken the accused into custody. We will take stringent action in the incident," the Police Commissioner said. Reddi said "if anything unlawful takes place across the city, action will be taken."

Deepa Balakrishnan, writing for IBNLive, said locals in the area turned violent when the accused was being taken out of the school by the police and tried to attack the him.

The Times News Network reported that at least three cases of sexual assault happened in different schools in Bengaluru in 2014.

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