Bengaluru: Angry parents clashed with the police, set vehicles on fire and pelted stones after an eight-year-old girl complained of sexual harassment by a physical education teacher in a school in Bengaluru. The accused Krishna has been taken into custody.
TV reports said she was allegedly also told to remove her hijab.
Angry parents and local residents in Bangalore burned school property and vehicles today and thrashed a teacher who was accused of molesting an 8-year-old.
The man, a physical education instructor at the private school located in West Bangalore, has been taken into police custody.
According to eyewitnesses, angry protestors set vehicles on fire when the police resisted and ransacked the school.
The situation is now under control and the area has been cordoned off, the report stated. Media channels quoted Police Commissioner M N Reddi, who rushed to the spot, as saying that “there should be no instant justice”, and that the “courts would decide on the punishment for the accused”.
“We have taken the accused into custody. We will take stringent action in the incident,” the Police Commissioner said. Reddi said “if anything unlawful takes place across the city, action will be taken.”
This is the second time this week that these areas have witnessed mass street violence.
A tense situation also prevailed during the Eid Milad celebrations over animal carcasses that were found near a place of worship. It wasn’t long before Wednesday’s episode — which started as a protest by the parents of the minor — degenerated into a riot with communal overtones.
The issue began to take on a communal colour because the alleged perpetrator and the victim are from different religious communities.