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New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI): HRD Minister Smriti Irani today expressed concern over the alleged rape of a six-year-old in a public school in Bangalore and her ministry has sought a report from Karnataka government about the incident.
The Secretary, School Education, R Bhattacharya also spoke to the Karnataka Chief Secretary in wake of the horrific incident that has triggered a massive outrage.
“The minister has expressed deep concern about the safety and security of children in the wake of the incident,” said officials.
The minister also discussed with the Secretary strengthening of safety in schools, they added.
The six-year-old girl student was allegedly raped in a public school, triggering severe protests from outraged parents who stormed the institution demanding action against the guilty, suspecting involvement of the staffers.
“Karnataka has also been requested to send a detailed report as to how the school failed to honour the requirements of safety and security of children within the school, one of the critical responsibilities of the school management under the Right To Education Act,” the official said.
The ministy is awaiting the details of the action taken by Karnataka government in this matter, the official said.
Six-year-old allegedly raped in Bangalore school, angry parents protest
Bangalore, Jul 17 (NDTV): The alleged rape of a six-year-old at a prominent school in Bangalore has enraged the city and triggered massive protests by parents.
A large group of parents protested today outside the Vibgyor International School for hours demanding that the school take responsibility for their children’s safety.
The school’s chairman, Rustam Kerawala came out and promised more security. “We will install CCTVs and ensure background checks of staff,” he told agitated parents, many among them working in Bangalore’s booming IT sector.
Protesters tried to push through the gates of the school as a heavy contingent of police tried to restrain them. Broken glass at an office was cleared away by gloved staff.
“My child studies in Class 1 here. I don’t even know whether I can send her to school,” said a parent.
On July 2, the six-year-old child, a student of Class 1, was allegedly raped by two gym instructors during school hours.
The incident was reported a week later and the alleged attackers were arrested but parents say the school should own responsibility for failing to protect the child.
The anger has snowballed with many schools in the city declaring that they can’t be held responsible for the child’s safety. They have asked parents to sign a form agreeing to this.
The form says that when a child participates in events organized by the school – including field trips, excursions and camps – the school’s staff or teachers can’t be held responsible for “damage to loss of property, sickness or injury from ‘whatever source’ legal entanglements, loss of life or money…”
“We collectively refuse to sign such a form,” a parent said, adding, “My child spends 6-7 hours in school. I am at work. If the school doesn’t protect her, then how can I send her to school?”
This is the second incident this month that has raised questions about the safety of children in schools in one of India’s most cosmopolitan cities. Last week, another six-year-old in another school was picked up from school by her own aunt who later murdered her over a family dispute.
Mangalore, Jul 18: Ramesh (22) from Kanyana in Bantwal taluk, who reportedly succeeded in convincing a minor girl from Puttur taluk to elope with him, and then raped her by making her believe that he intended to marry her, was sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment by Dakshina Kannada district chief and sessions court.
He was found guilty of various offences under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act 2012 . This happens to be the first judgment under POSCO Act to be delivered by Dakshina Kannada district court.
At the same time, the court exonerated the other accused, Babu Koraga (61) of the charges levelled against him.
The judge found the accused guilty of the charges, even though the 17-year-old aggrieved girl and her relatives turned hostile later and recorded statements which were found to be contrary to their previous stands.
The accused and the victim are distant relatives. It was alleged that Ramesh came close to the girl, befriended her, and then raped her, at the instance and advice of the other accused, Babu Koraga. The girl, who trusted the boy, left home at 4 am on September 3, 2013 and reached Uppinangady. There, the accused put a gold-plated chain around her neck and promised to marry her. After taking her to Pattori near Konaje, he had forced her to have sex with him. He then took her to Konanakunte in Bangalore, stayed with her in a rented house there, and raped her many times thereafter, it is learnt.
Kadaba police sub-inspector, Yogeesh Kumar, and other personnel had arrested the accused and registered case, besides filing charge sheet in the court. The then judge of the court, Sharavanan, had recorded the statement of the girl under POSCO Act. The prosecution was represented by public prosecutor, K Pushparaj Adyantaya.
Although the girl and her mother preferred to turn hostile during hearing , judge of POSCO special court and district chief and sessions court, Uma M G, basing her judgment on the statement recorded in the court by the girl under the said act, sentenced Ramesh to seven years rigorous imprisonment apart from levying a fine of Rs 10,000. The judge also prescribed that in case of failure to pay fine, Ramesh will have to undergo six additional months of imprisonment. She ordered for payment of Rs 5,000 out of the above fine to the victim.
Bantwal, Jul 18: The revenue officials, on Wednesday July 16, razed a thatched hut built by a poor couple here, alleging that they had built the hut in government land. This act came in for bitter criticism of several locals. The hut, belonging to Raghu Poojary and Soumya couple, is located at Kanjilakody in Maderigudde near Lorettopadavu here. The couple is very poor, and works for a firm in the town which rents out Shamiana and other paraphernalia.
The couple has been living in this hut since some time. Accusing the couple of encroaching government land, revenue inspector, Sadhu, and local village accountant, took steps to demolish this hut, it is alleged.
The hut was demolished when the couple was away on work. Raghu Poojary and his wife came to know of the incident only after they came home in the evening. Locals however, strongly supported the couple, and stood by them. A team of local youth reconstructed the demolished structure at the same place on Wednesday night.
The officials, who learnt about the above incident, visited the spot again on Thursday morning to raze the hut again, but the locals stopped them from doing so. They questioned the officials about their inaction with regard to several other illegal huts standing in the area, and why they were allowed to continue.
The team of officials, sensing trouble, went back after clicking some photographs of the re-built structure, it is gathered.
Beltangady: In connection with the case of vigilantism by a group of about 50 persons on a female college student and the man she is engaged to be married in the Ujire bus-stand on Wednesday, the town police have arrested four persons on Thursday. They were produced in the magistrate’s residence in the night and they were remanded to judicial custody.
Ajit, Gopal, Lingappa and Suresh
Sections relating to attempt to murder, unauthorized assembly and outraging the modesty have been slapped against them. The arrested are Ajit Kumar (23), a resident of Kodimane in Budoli and employee of a fancy goods shop in Mani in Bantwal taluk, Gopal (32) from Vivekananda Nagar TB cross in Laila, Lingappa Naik, an autorickshaw driver from Sumukha Nivas Machar in Ujire and Suresh Salian (22), a hotel employee from Koosabettu Valpady in Moodbidri.
The police have seized some video clippings of the incident. Those who had gathered out of curiosity and those who had clicked pictures and uploaded on Whatsapp are also likely to be arrested, said police sources.
What has surprised many is that the arrested persons hailed from distant places and how they all could be involved in the incident. The real culprits might go scotfree while some innocent persons might be framed, they have felt.
The culprits have explained that they mistook the girl to be a Hindu because of her nose-ring. Others say it is a lame excuse since this ornament is popular among Muslims also, the most famous example being the tennis star, Sania Mirza.
Leaders of Popular Front of India convened a media meet. District president Hyder Neersal said that the Hindu Jagarana Vedike and Prajaprabhutva Vedike volunteers were directly involved in the assault and they were being protected. Any culprits, whichever faith they belonged to, should be severely dealt with, he said.
Mangalore: All College Students Association (ACSA) held a candle light vigil at Lalbagh junction, opposite MCC here on July 17.
Students gathered near the Gandhi statue- Lalbagh junction holding lit candles in their hands and shouting slogans to arrest the culprits behind Ratna Kottari’s death.
Addressing the gathering Legal Advisor of ACSA Dinakar Shetty said that the mysterious death of college student Ratna is condemnable. The culprits should be arrested soon. He also said that government should intervene and take all the action to arrest the culprits in Ratna’s death case as soon as possible.
He further said that the crime in the district is increasing day-by-day. Drug peddlers are active in the city, but the police are not taking any action to curb their activities. The innocent students are the target of these drug peddlers. There are a number of suicides, rape, murder and other illegal activities going on but the police department has failed to arrest the culprits in such cases. In this regard the district administration and the state government should take all the necessary measures, he urged.
“According to the law there is maximum punishment for rapists but the crime rate is increasing drastically. The administration with the help of various organizations should conduct awareness programmes to bring down the crime rate. Government should conduct a through investigation in Ratna’s death case and arrest the culprits as soon as possible” stressed Shetty.
ACSA State convener Ashwith Kottari, General secretary ACSA Shifal Raj, ACSA Taluk president Nihal Shetty, Polytechnic President Ramit Kumar, Nitin Mada, Utham Alva, Lohit, Rakesh Shetty, Nikhil, Rupesh Belkat, Prateek, Sathyajit Prabhu,Dikshit, Vinyas P, Donald Noronha and other students leaders were present.
Bhubaneswar, July 17 (IANS) A couple was detained in Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar for allegedly selling their three children, including a new-born baby, for money, police said Thursday.
Shyama Chandra Rao, 35, and his wife Pramila, 29, residents of a slum here are daily wage earners.
They were detained following a complaint by local child welfare committee, police official M.K. Swain, who is investigating the case, told IANS.
He said the couple live in abject poverty and are the biological parents of three children.
The couple allegedly sold the children to different people in the past couple of months, Swain said.
The matter came to light when they sold their third son, a 22-day-old baby, for Rs.6,000 to Ranjit Choudhuri and his wife Chandini who reside in the same slum July 9. The sale was made through a deed made on stamp paper.
Swain said police have located all three children.
The couple have been detained for questioning. Necessary legal action will be taken if the allegations were found to be true, he said.
Fell out with dad in Rourkela (Orissa), met Facebook friend in Cuttack, who forced her into prostitution; Brought to Goa and kept in farmhouse in North Goa by Orissa pimps, a part of a well-oiled inter-state prostitution racket; Rescued from Arpora resort by Goa cops
Margao-Goa: It started off as a fight with dad, because he was neglecting her and ended up in a gruesome orgy of violence as she was repeatedly raped by ‘clients’ in Orissa and then brought to Goa to be similarly sold for commercial sex. This would have continued under the noses of our police if the 16-year-old victim hadn’t dialed 100 and begged for help. The police responded and rescued the 16-year-old and arrested seven persons, including three pimps, when they attempted to sell her to a client for prostitution at a beach side hotel at Arpora.
Neglected by her father, the Class 10 student’s ordeal began soon after she ran away from her house in Rourkela (Orissa) on June 19 to meet her Facebook friend in Cuttack the following day. She was picked and dropped at a hotel where she stayed for two days. According to sources, the victim had accompanied her online friend and another male to a pool party in Cuttack where she was introduced to a disc jockey, who on the duo’s request allowed her to stay in his house for a night.
On June 23, she was shifted to one of his contacts – Rubina’s rented house. It was since this horrific day that the victim, whose medical tests at Goa Medical College confirmed repeated rape, began her horrendous journey and was sold as ‘commercial sex worker’ to various clients in Cuttack. Her most tragic mistake – she escaped from her Rourkela house because her father neglected her, after her mother’s death.
“He (DJ) took me to Rubina’s house. She told me that if I have to stay with her, then I have to go out and sleep with other person(s) so that my expenses are taken care of,” the girl told the Anjuna police and Victims’ Assistance Unit. A middle-aged person Tantu, who coerced her into drinking liquor before raping her; has been identified as the one who committed the first rape on her. The investigation also revealed that Rubina, her husband Ghansham alias Raju, and Santosh alias Rahul Gochhi arranged for clients at the couple’s house or hotels in Cuttack.
Their servant Narayan Lala kept a watch on the victim to ensure she does not escape. “He (Lala) was always there outside (the hotels) to collect me and take me back (to Rubina-Raja’s house),” she revealed adding she was beaten whenever she attempted to flee from their clutches. Her ordeal did not end here as the seven persons – Rubina, Raju, Lala, Suraj Raut alias Chandan, Santanu Kumar Das, Deeptimayee alias Rinki Barik, and Rahul alias Santosh – currently behind bars brought her to Goa via Mumbai on July 9.
She was then taken to a farmhouse near a beach from where the accused took her to various hotels and clients. “Rubina called her (male) friend …he got a taxi and took us to his farmhouse near a beach… I don’t know the location,” she said. On the day, she was rescued, the pimps had fixed a deal with at least three persons not realizing the victim will call the police for help. She was rescued after a call at police control room at about 3pm.
Further investigations are being carried out by Goa police.
Bangalore, July 17 (IANS): A 17-year-old seminary student was allegedly raped in the city’s north-east suburb Wednesday by three unidentified men, a police official late Thursday.
“According to a complaint filed by the victim today (Thursday), the incident happened yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon when the three accused had barged into the Sisters of Holy Nativity premises at Hennur and forcibly entered her room. After sexually assaulting her, they escaped, leaving the victim unconscious,” Joint Commissioner of Police K.V. Sharat Chandra told reporters.
The incident occurred when the victim was alone on the ground floor, while three of her other colleagues were in the first floor of the seminary building.
“The victim has been admitted to St John’s Hospital for check-up. We have registered a case of sexually assault against the accused under section 376 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and investigation is on,” Chandra said.
Police have launched a hunt to trace the unidentified accused as they are absconding.
The latest incident came to light on a day when hundreds of parents protested against the management of a private school in the city’s south-east suburb where a six-year-old minor was allegedly sexually assaulted by two staff members July 2 during school hours.
Police registered a case under section 376 of the IPC against the accused and detained them for interrogation after the victim’s parents lodged a complaint July 14 in the local police station.
In another incident last weekend, a 22-year-old post-graduate student was allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted July 12 by the son of Bahujam Samaj Party (BSP) leader at Frazer Town in the city’s eastern suburb when she was in a car with her male friend in front of her apartment.
Police arrested the main accused Nazir Hyder Tuesday and two of his accomplices Wednesday after the victim lodged a complaint July 13, while three others, who were also present when the incident occurred, are still at large.
CHENNAI: A 27-year-old gangster died in suspicious circumstances after the Kodungaiyurpolice took him into custody early on Wednesday.
Police have registered a case of custodial death under section 176(1) of the CrPC. A judicial magistrate will probe the death.
Police sources said D Gopal of Damodharan Nagar was charged in at least seven cases including two of murder. Police picked up Gopal just after midnight on Tuesday and charged him with the attempted murder of a gangster, Parthiban of RR Nagar, Kodungaiyur. They took him to the police station for interrogation about a plan he had hatched to murder another man in Vyasarpadi.
Residents of RR Nagar caught Gopal and his accomplice Mahesh a couple of hours before they handed him over to police. They thrashed the two goons but Gopal escaped from them. Police later nabbed him and said he was drunk at the time.
During interrogation by the Vyasarpadi police, Gopal complained of uneasiness and lost consciousness. Police rushed him to Stanley medical College and Hospital but doctors there declared him dead on arrival.
Gopal was looking for an opportunity to kill Parthiban, because he had informed police about his hideout after the murder of police informant Viji alias Vijayakumar in July 2013.
Gopal was also involved in the 2012 murder of rowdy Pallu Suresh in Red Hills and five other cases including three of attempted murder were pending against him. He was an associate of Bokkai Ravi, who was murdered in Government Royapettah Hospital on June 30.
An investigating officer said Gopal and two accomplices had arrived in RR Nagar on Tuesday night. They were looking for Parthiban when locals caught hold of them.
Police had detained Gopal under the Goondas Act but he was released from jail last month.
Gopal’s sister Usha said she saw her brother last night after police looking for him. “He came out of jail only last month and rarely stayed at home,” she said.
Egmore fifth Metropolitan magistrate Uma Maheshwari is likely to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Police sent the body to Stanley Medical College and Hospital for postmortem.
BHOPAL: Half naked body of a middle aged man with multiple stab wounds was found stuffed in a sack in Jehangirabad area here on Wednesday morning. It is the third murder that came to light in the state capital in the past four days. Incidents have taken place at a time when a tight vigil is being kept in city in the view of the ongoing assembly session.
Previous two cases were reported in Nishatpura and Hanumanganj police stations. Police confirmed the two murders, but said it is yet to ascertain whether the body of a man found with head injury in Hanumanganj area on July 13 was murder or accident, however, initially it was termed as murder by officials.
The Jehangirabad police said body of a 45-year-old man was found in a sack in Barkhedi in the morning. The man’s identity is yet to be ascertained, the police said, adding that a woman is also missing from the area. It was believed that man visited that woman and police have also found blood stains at her house. Police said murder would unfold after getting leads on missing woman. Initially, it came to light that man was resident of Chhola area, which was later not verified, officials added.
Meanwhile, in the Nishatpura murder wherein the 37-year-old woman Preeti Dixit was strangulated on July 14, the police said they have rounded up suspects and are close to crack the case. The woman was separated from her husband. She was found dead when her kids return from school. Preeti ran an NGO in city. The accused that were believed to be three in number searched her entire house after crime. Woman knew one or two of them from past. They were probably looking for some document or CD and motive of crime was not loot as the jewellery and cash was found untouched in house. The officials said they are in the process of verifying exact motive of crime and it could even be a contract killing.
Further, body of 31-year-old man that was recovered in Hanumanganj area, police said they have called a team of experts to verify whether it is a murder or not. The man Sunil was a native of Vidisha district and came for work here. He was residing in a lodge here. The body with deep head injuries was found on a roadside during early morning hours.
GURGAON: RTI activist Om Prakash Kataria, who, since the last Assembly polls, has spearheaded the legal campaign against Haryana sports minister Sukhbir Kataria in a case of fake voter identity cards, has accused the independent MLA of threatening him during a court hearing on Wednesday.
“As I was leaving the court of the first class judicial magistrates after a hearing, the minister followed me and threatened me of dire consequences,” the activist told TOI. “He said I was responsible for making his life miserable and will have to pay for it. He threatened the worst after the Assembly polls, due in October,” he added.
The petitioner has filed a complaint against the MLA with the deputy commissioner of police (West).
“We’ve received the complaint and the SHO concerned will probe the matter. Appropriate action will be taken based on the report,” said Sangita Kalia, DCP West.
Kataria’s aide said he was out of town when this reporter called for his comment.
Kataria, an independent MLA who became minister in Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s minority government, had won in 2009 by just 2,138 votes. Activists, however, accused him of making fake voter IDs and using them for bogus voting. Over the years, Matdata Jagruk Manch, an NGO run by Om Prakash Kataria, has highlighted various cases of fake voter IDs in Gurgaon through RTI. “Till date, nine FIRs have been filed against Sukhbir Kataria and six summons sent to him for his involvement in tampering with voters’ lists,” said the petitioner.
“Many of the minister’s relatives have multiple voter IDs. But the administration has failed to act against him because of his influence as a minister,” he added.
NEW DELHI: The doors on one side of a moving Delhi Metro train remained open on Thursday, an official said.
The incident took pace on the yellow line that operates from Jahangirpuri to Huda City Centre stations.
“The doors remained open between the Arjan Garh and Ghitorni stations. The incident occurred sometime between 9.30am and 9.45am,” an official told IANS.
Prima facie, it is an error by the train operator and he has been suspended with immediate effect, the spokesperson said.
Delhi Metro ferries about 23 lakh passengers every day.
MANGALORE: The police have failed to make arrests in the case pertaining to a couple being assaulted by a gang of more than 50 people at Ujire in Belthangady on Wednesday.
The victims were Mohammed Shabbir from Mudigere, Chikmagalur District and Rifa from Karkala, Udupi district. A mob which saw the couple at the Ujire bus stand all of a sudden mounted attack on the boy mistaking them for different community as the girl was not wearing a veil or burqa.
Police said that the couple were engaged and Shabbir had come to admit his sister at a college in Nitte. Rifa is a student of a college in Moodabidri. Shabbir was to take a bus to Mudigere from Ujire and Rifa had come along with him. No arrests have been made so far.
Police have launched search for the accused based on the video clipping given to them by a person who saw the incident.
HUBLI: Three newborns reportedly died at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences here on Wednesday. The hospital declined to confirm the deaths.
KIMS director Dr US Hangaraga said he wasn’t aware of the deaths, and such cases do occur because many patients are brought in a critical condition. The head of department of paeditrics Dr Prakash Vari also said he was unaware about the deaths.
Five newborns died at KIMS on Monday night. The hospital said it was a coincidence and each of the deliveries had complications. Dr Hangaraga told TOI there was no negligence on the part of doctors or staff. “One baby was underweight and another one was suffering from an infection. There were complications like severe anaemia, a mother suffered from internal bleeding and a baby swallowed its excreta during delivery,” he explained.
On allegations of negligence made by patients’ kin, Dr Hangaraga said it is expected when one loses a dear one. “We respect their feelings. One should take into account complications too,” he said. He has asked a hospital committee to submit a report on the deaths within a week.
On Tuesday night, Suresh Bhadana, the son of the minister along with his friend allegedly rode into Shalimar colony and harassed a woman. “He has allegedly abused a woman and also eve teased her,” said a senior police officer.
Soon after the confrontation, the minister’s son entered into flat no 308 that belongs to the minister. A good number of people from the colony along with the police kept requesting them to open the door but they did not come out.
“Later, four of the accused including the minister’s son fled by jumping from the balcony of the house at midnight on Wednesday,” said an officer.
The confrontation started when a woman staying in the G block of the colony was on her evening walk on Tuesday. “Four bike borne youths came and harassed her by using abusive and indecent language. Later, when some people came to woman’s defense the youths manhandled them and entered into flat no 308. The minister’s son, according to the complainants of the colony, also kept abusing the woman and other members of the area,” said an officer.
Based on the complaint one of the accused identified as Neeraj was arrested by the police, however three others including the son of the minister are at large.
“We have registered a case under section 354 (outraging modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) against the four accused. One of the accused has already been arrested,” said an officer.
Police said the accused, Mukesh Chauhan, was facing a financial crisis and had frequent fights with his wife. He decided to put an end to these once and for all, police said. The cops received the call around 8.45am from Mukesh, who confessed to have killed his wife and son. Before long, a team from the Sultanpuri police station, which is on the opposite side of the house, arrived and found two bodies inside flat number 178.
“We deployed eight teams around the rail tracks. He was intercepted near the station,” said Vikramjit Singh, deputy commissioner of police, outer district.
Mukesh, an architectural draftsman, had married his neighbour, Lata (34), in 2005. Their son, Devanshu, was born in 2009; family members said the child was mentally challenged since birth. “The doctors had recommended an operation for the child but Mukesh did not opt for it,” said Rakesh Chauhan, his younger brother. He added that Lata was scheduled to deliver the baby early next month and the family was excited.
Rakesh added that Mukesh’s domestic troubles had grown after Devanshu’s birth. The family members said Mukesh claimed to have been robbed of Rs 5 lakh on Tuesday while going to Sangam Vihar on his bike to pay off his debts. This seemed to have made him depressed. Police are yet to verify this claim. “When I met him on Tuesday night, he looked upset but did not share what the matter was,” added Rakesh.
The family members said they didn’t what transpired between the couple on Tuesday night as most of them were busy at a relative’s funeral. They added that Mukesh did not visit the funeral since he was performing a ritual for the recovery of his son.
He added that Mukesh was a school dropout and had worked with an architect based in Rohini. The brothers had been staying at the same house for the past 25 years. The eldest brother, Govind, was a painter while the two other siblings were involved in marble carving. The family denied any property dispute.
Police said Mukesh repeatedly broke down and repented the killings. He has been charged with murder under Section 302 of IPC. He will be kept under a suicide watch for the next few days, said a police officer. A counsellor has also been referred. The bodies of his wife and son will be cremated on Thursday.
HYDERABAD: With the festive season of Bonalu and Ramzan blanketing the city, eating out has certainly become a favourite pastime for denizens, though most of the hotels do not have the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) stamp of approval.
With just two food inspectors, hapless GHMC officials said it was virtually impossible to criss-cross the city and check the quality of food served in 15,000 plus big, medium and small eateries. “We are left with only two food inspectors after two were discharged ” said a senior official of the health and sanitation department.
The food inspectors are entrusted with the job of ensuring that all eateries in the city maintain proper standards of hygiene and food quality. There are close to 5,800 registered eateries in the city while unregistered hotels number up to 10,000.
“A city like Hyderabad needs at least 10-15 food inspectors. Right now with the rains lashing the city, the chances of an outbreak of water-borne diseases is considerably higher. And all the panic signals are beginning to show, so with the new government in place we are hoping that the recruitment of new food inspectors is completed before any untoward incident happens,” said Ravi Kiran, additional commissioner, health and sanitation.
The recent rise in food poisoning cases has not served as a wakeup call to the civic body. One such case that took place at the mess of a private junior college in March this year at Boduppal, resulted in 200 students falling sick and in another similar case, 18 people were admitted to hospital after they consumed fast food from a bakery at Hafeez Baba Nagar in April.
Senior corporators allege that the so-called inspections and raids taken up by them are just an eyewash. “The inspectors are given money and free food at many eateries in return for a health and sanitation certificate. But, since the inspectors receive the complaints personally, there is no way of monitoring or tracking their movement,” said a senior corporator.
BANGALORE: The horrific incident of the alleged gang rape of a six-year-old girl in an upmarket school in East Bangalore is turning grislier, as police piece together the traumatized child’s statements and medical evidence.
The class I student was gang-raped by two staffers of Vibgyor School, Varthur-Haralur Road, near Kundalahalli Gate, investigating officers said. The crime took place on the school campus during class hours, they added. The girl, daughter of a software engineer from Odisha, is undergoing treatment in hospital.
Police on Wednesday started the process of identifying the suspects in the gang rape. A gym instructor and a security guard were picked up, but a second identification parade is being held to confirm their involvement.
We have a tough job on hand. There are 27 gym instructors in the school. The two we have now are suspects. The girl is traumatized and we are trying to check with her as to who harmed her,” said DCP (Southeast) TD Pawar, who is supervising the probe.
“We have interrogated the suspects. Their confessions will have to be corroborated by the child’s statement. This is a tender age and we don’t want to trouble the girl. The investigation is progressing slowly because of this. The case should be handled with sensitivity,” an officer said.
The girl was allegedly raped in the forenoon of July 2. She didn’t reveal anything to her parents immediately. Late last week, she complained of stomachache; when asked, she revealed the gruesome violence she had been through.
Police are yet to escalate the charges in the case. Police sources said charges have been filed under Section 376 (punishment for rape) and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), and they are yet to invoke Section 376 G (gang rape).
Sources said police have a sensitive task on hand. The survivor has to be spoken to in the presence of counsellors, as is mandatory under the POCSO Act.
“We are now sure about the involvement of the school staff, and the school will have to bear the vicarious liability as per provisions of the law. Soon after identifying the culprits who are employed by the school, we will take up another case against the school in whose custody parents leave their wards,” an officer said.
The incident was brought to the notice of police only on Tuesday, and investigation commenced soon after, he added. Vibgyor High did not respond to several calls made by TOI to get its version of the crime and its aftermath.