Flanked by supporting public, five physically-challenged persons staged a protest here on Monday seeking deterrent punishment for a teacher who allegedly raped a physically-challenged 22 year-old-girl.

Lots of people waved to the protesters who rode tricycles, from the office of Imphal West Collector to Tangkham, about 15 km away. Buses, trucks and cars came to a halt to make way for them. Joykumar Laishram, who allegedly raped the girl, has been remanded in judicial custody for 15 days.