Gang rape in school toi­let: Cops yet to name ac­cused, probe on

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Mukesh Mathrani htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PROTESTS ERUPT So­cial out­fits, stu­dent bod­ies de­mand jus­tice for 6­year­old

Mass protest erupted across Barmer district on Satur­day a day af­ter a six-year-old girl was al­legedly gang-raped in­side a state-run school.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple, in­clud­ing so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions and stu­dent groups like ABVP and NSUI, protested at var­i­ous places in the district de­mand­ing jus­tice for the victim.

The girl was dis­charged from a hos­pi­tal on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter doc­tors saw im­prove­ment in her med­i­cal con­di­tion.

Po­lice took her to the crime spot for ver­i­fi­ca­tion and com­pleted other in­ves­ti­ga­tion for­mal­i­ties.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer and deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Ratan Lal, told HT that he watched the CCTV footage on Satur­day.

Po­lice, how­ever, are yet not named any ac­cused. The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer said though they have grilled many peo­ple and school staff but ac­cused have not been iden­ti­fied yet.

Po­lice filed a case on Fri­day on the ba­sis of state­ment given by the victim’s fa­ther, who said his daugh­ter, a class 2 stu­dent, was tied to a ta­ble in a room near the school toi­let and gang raped.

Chan­dan Singh Bhati, con­vener of so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion ‘Group of Peo­ple’, said they have protested and de­manded jus­tice for the victim.

In­der Puro­hit, a so­cial ac­tivist, said this in­ci­dent has cre­ated fear among girl stu­dents. He said this was the time to give a mes­sage to girls that they were not alone and the so­ci­ety was with them.

Kar­ishma Bhati, a col­lege stu­dent, said: “We are gath­ered to de­mand jus­tice for the victim and to pose the ques­tion not only be­fore gov­ern­ment ma­chin­ery like administration and po­lice but also be­fore the so­ci­ety and school man­age­ment at large.” The Congress al­leged that po­lice were try­ing to sup­press the case be­cause such in­ci­dents have ex­posed the poor law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the BJP-ruled state.

The way po­lice were work­ing, it seems that po­lice were try­ing to sup­press the mat­ter, Congress na­tional sec­re­tary Har­ish Choud­hary said.

He al­leged that it was not first case of po­lice in­ac­tion. In an­other case last week, a gan­grape victim in Cho­htan area had com­mit­ted sui­cide due to po­lice in­ac­tion.

It ap­pears that the state gov­ern­ment was not se­ri­ous about se­cu­rity and se­cu­rity of women, he said.

HT

Stu­dents protest against the in­ci­dent in Barmer on Satur­day .

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