Marathahalli school rape: parents struggling with aftermath

July 29, 2014 10:56 am | Updated November 16, 2021 05:31 pm IST - BANGALORE:

“My son is ashamed of being from this school. When he is playing with friends, if someone asks which school he is from, he runs back home,” said the agitated parent of a boy who is studying in class four at the private school in Marathahalli where a six-year-old girl was raped.

The incident has put many parents in a dilemma about whether to continue letting their children study in the school.

“My son thought the girl was kidnapped. Then he asked what rape is. We had to explain it in words he could understand. Mustafa (the accused) was his skating instructor for two years. He was taken aback when he heard the news. In the last 20 days, he has not touched the skateboard,” the parent said.

Classes 5 to 10 began on Monday, while classes one to four are expected to begin on Wednesday (Tuesday being a public holiday for Ramzan). The remaining classes (nursery onwards) will begin on Thursday.

Of the total of 574 students in classes 5 to 10, 407 were present.

Staff-wise, 366 of the total 422 turned up and all nine members of the administration were present. Meanwhile, Ramesh S.M., Block Education Officer, South Block 4, said he was yet to hear on withdrawal of admissions as no transfer certificates had been issuedt.

Some uncomfortable

While the process of installing hundreds of CCTV cameras was in full swing at the school, some students could be heard saying that they were uncomfortable with the cameras “following” them everywhere.

The school has installed 112 of the proposed 308 CCTV cameras on the premises.

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