India school rape claim: Man arrested in Bangalore

Police in the Indian city of Bangalore have arrested a skating instructor in connection with the alleged rape
Image caption A skating instructor has been arrested in connection with the alleged rape

Police in India have arrested a man in connection with the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl at her school.

The man, a skating instructor, had a laptop with indecent videos of children, police said.

Parents began a boycott of the school in Bangalore following claims that the girl was raped by two staff members.

The alleged assault happened on 2 July but her parents discovered it several days later, after she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital.

"We found a mobile and a laptop. The laptop contained downloaded videos of schoolchildren being raped," police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said.

"He told us he has other equipment too, which has to be verified," he said, adding: "We are continuing our investigation so we can't talk about another arrest yet."

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Image caption Parents and activists had urged police to act swiftly after the rape allegation emerged

The arrest comes after two days of protests by parents and activists, who were angry at how the school handled the allegations.

Parents had said they would stop sending their children to the school until they had assurances about better security for the students.

School chairman Rustom Kerawala has offered his "sincere apologies" to the parents and promised "full co-operation" with the police investigation.

Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

The crime sparked outrage and forced the government to introduce tougher anti-rape laws, including the death penalty.

But the law appears to have failed to act as a deterrent. Statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau for 2013 show one rape was reported every 21 minutes.

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