As the protesters demanded his presence, Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar rushed to the venue and told them, "We are hugely pained by the incident...have trust in the police." Auradkar said from the day police received the complaint from the child's parents, officials were on the job round-the-clock.
"The incident involves a minor girl. We have to deal with the case carefully and respond sensitively keeping the girl in mind." The protesters questioned the police chief on the status of investigation and why no arrests had been made to which Auradkar requested them to send a small batch of representatives to him as discussing it in a public meeting would hamper the probe.
The march from school premises to the police station was peaceful. Some protesters raised objections when former minister and BJP MLA Arvind Limbavali wanted to join the march, urging him not to politicise the matter.
"From the day we received the complaint from parents, our officials are continuously following the case and investigation is on," Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Kamal Panth told reporters here.
Bangalore 6-year old student sexual assault case: Parents and children hold candlelight march pic.twitter.com/yS6RxpE8nc— ANI (@ANI_news) July 17, 2014
He said, "In this case as the child is involved we can't repeatedly call the child...., we have to cautiously investigate this case, so there might be delay in the progress of the case but it should not be interpreted as police is not doing their duty. A team of 20 officials was involved in the probe, he said.
In further trouble to Vibgyor High School, Karnataka government has written to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations Board to derecognise it as it comes under its ambit as an ICSE school. The alleged rape by "unknown persons", which reportedly occurred on July two but came to light on July 15, has triggered severe protests from outraged parents, who suspect the involvement of staffers, as also from civil society.
Bangalore minor sexual assault case: ABVP activists protest outside school pic.twitter.com/wVC1VnPix0— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2014
Bangalore minor sexual assault case: Karnataka BJP MLAs protest inside the Assembly pic.twitter.com/Z1pATufiV3— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2014
The school incident and the alleged rape of a 22-year old woman in a car here on July 10 has led to outpouring of public anger. In the July 10 midnight incident, the woman who was sitting in a car with her friend near her apartment was allegedly abducted and raped by one of the four men who forcibly got into their car and took them away in the same vehicle to a nearby railway track and committed the crime.
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah naps during debate over rape cases in the Assembly pic.twitter.com/gk03BD9zkQ— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2014
Bangalore: Candle light march for the minor girl raped in school pic.twitter.com/mdPBLIosrA— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2014
Minor girl raped in school case: Karnataka Govt writes to ICSE to cancel recognition of Vibgyor School.— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2014
Bangalore school sexual assault case : Protest march held in the city pic.twitter.com/sCY91Glcyb— ANI (@ANI_news) July 19, 2014
Bangalore school sexual assault case : A man holding a banner during the protest march pic.twitter.com/EFUq3BmcPl— ANI (@ANI_news) July 19, 2014
Looks like sleeping in the assembly has become a constant for Congress: Atul Kumar Anjaan on Siddaramaiah pic.twitter.com/lqG2aoExEy— ANI (@ANI_news) July 19, 2014