news Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:30
By Irfan Iqbal Gheta Bangalore. the IT Capital of India is angry and traumatised these days. While the rest of the country has often expressed concerns over the non-existence of safety and security for women across India in the light of ever increasing crimes against women, Bangalore has shocked the country with its latest incident of rape of a six year old girl in her school. The culprits are none other than the staff of school. One of them the skating instructor named Mustufa aka Munna has been nabbed by the police. It turns out that though Munna has been in the dock before too, but the school in which the crime happened had hired him without running a proper background check on him. The rape took place on the second of July inside an unused class room of the school where the victim was locked up as a punishment. The school management is said to have left no stone unturned to hush up the entire gruesome episode under the carpet. The whole tragedy came to light one week later because the victim complained of discomfort forcing her parents to take her to the doctor for examination. Needless to say that this whole episode has left Bangalore traumatised and scarred beyond words.  The details of the case has naturally spread a wave of disbelief among worried parents who are demanding fair investigation and justice.  Most parents have raised some very serious questions: Why did the management of an upscale school not bother to run a background check before hiring the skating instructor turned the child molester Mustufa aka Munna? Is it the first case of child sexual abuse that has taken place in the school or have several other incidents already taken place and not seen the light of the day? Is Mustufa/Munna a serial offender? Why was the school management caught napping? Why did the previous school that sacked him for inappropriately touching girls not file a police complaint? Parents are obviously a scared lot. This incident has swung them into action. They are asking tough questions and demanding answers too.  When the attention of entire country is trained on Bangalore following a string of rape cases including one this one recently, the most baffling is the ruling Congress's deafening silence. The chief minister Siddaramaiah has failed to read the writing on the wall. He crossed all limits of decency when he first avoided answering questions on the horrific rape of a six years old girl, then retorting asking if this is the only news. To shift the attention from the burning issue, the Government swiftly transferred the Bangalore Police Chief Raghavendra Auradkar. Government's apathy and the school management's laid back attitude towards this case right under its nose are only adding to the woes of the parents who are running from pillar to post to seek justice and in the bargain feeling increasingly isolated by the day. Having said this, to restore parents' faith not only the police must nab the second culprit at large as soon as possible but they should also ensure that speedy trial and delivery of justice are equally prompt and hassle free. This will in turn send out a strong message to wannabe predators roaming freely out there. There is no doubt that the entire blame lies at the doorstep of the school that has failed hook, line and sinker to provide an environment of safety to its pupils.  The opinions expressed in this articles are the personal opinions of the author. The News Minute is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability or validity of any information in this article. The information, facts or opinions appearing in this article do not reflect the views of The News Minute and The News Minute does not assume any liability on the same.
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