news Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | July 17, 2014 | 7.05 am IST The parents of children who study in a school in Bangalore, whose student was allegedly gang raped recently, are demanding better security from the management of the school. It recently came to light that a six-year-old child from a school in Bangalore's Marthahalli area had been raped by more than one person. Police now believe that the child was raped in the school gym by someone working at the school. Police have questioned many gym instructors and others working at the school, but no arrests have been made yet. On Wednesday, parents of other children studying in the school who had learned of the incident reached the school premises, but since no one from the school was willing to meet them, the anger slowly grew and small protests erupted. Speaking to The News Minute on condition of anonymity, a parent said that he too had a daughter studying in the school. He said that as parents learned of the incident, they got together to meet the management of the school on Wednesday. However, only the principal was present, he said.  “The principal does not have any authority and has been changed several times in the last few years. We want to meet either the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman and demand better security for our children,” he said. They have got the school authorities to keep the school closed on Thursday and will seek a meeting with the management, he said. The parents have worked out three demands. One, the offender should be punished according to the law. Second, he said: “this should not happen anywhere, in any of the branches of the school anywhere in India.”  Lastly, he said that the school must provide better security. “School is like a sanctuary, a second home for children and if they are not safe there, how can we leave them at their second home? I can understand that government schools cannot provide good security, but private schools must address security concerns. They charge (Very high) fees and they must provide (safety infrastructure). There should be a binding law on schools to ensure security. They should not have clauses which allow them to say that they are not responsible,” he said.
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