Tamil Nadu

Girl child allegedly sexually assaulted

A mob attacking a physical education instructor following allegations of sexual assault against him in Hosa Guddadahalli off Mysore road in Bengaluru on Wednesday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

A mob attacking a physical education instructor following allegations of sexual assault against him in Hosa Guddadahalli off Mysore road in Bengaluru on Wednesday.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Following allegations of sexual assault on a seven-year-old girl, a mob ransacked a school, thrashed the physical education instructor, and clashed with the police at Hosa Guddadahalli off Mysore road.

The physical education instructor, Ramakrishna (49), was assaulted by the angry crowd in front of schoolchildren even before the police arrived at the spot and was dragged by the mob even as the police were taking him into custody.

Eleventh case

This is the 11th case of alleged sexual assault, in a school by a member of the staff, to be reported in the city over the last one year.

According to the girl’s parents, the incident came to light when she told them that the PE teacher had “undressed and abused her” on Tuesday during school hours.

Following this, the parents along with a few other residents of the locality went to the school on Wednesday morning and confronted the PE instructor and began assaulting him.

The parents had not filed a police complaint until late on Wednesday evening, but later a case was registered at the Byatarayanapura police station.

When the police were taking the instructor into custody, the mob turned violent and pelted stones and threw glass bottles at the police.

This led to lathi-charge and bursting of tear-gas shells.

Policemen injured

Eleven policemen and around ten others suffered injuries in the incident.

The area is known to be communally sensitive and following the incident some clashes were reported from the neighbouring J.J. Nagar as well.

Prohibitory orders have been imposed and 20 platoons of the KSRP and six platoons of CAR have been deployed at Byatarayanapura and J.J. Nagar.



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