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India school rape sparks demonstrations, headmistress held

Published on Jan 15, 2013 1:00 PM
 
Demonstration on Monday in New Delhi by members of various womens rights groups aimed to highlight the complete lack of institutional provision towards the rehabilitation of rape survivors in India. The police said on Tuesday that a seven-year-old girl has been raped in a school toilet in the Indian holiday state of Goa, sparking mass protests and the arrest of her headmistress. -- PHOTO:DEMOTIX

PANAJI (AFP) - A seven-year-old girl has been raped in a school toilet in the Indian holiday state of Goa, sparking mass protests and the arrest of her headmistress, police said on Tuesday.

The incident was reported in the city of Vasco da Gama on Monday, sparking a massive manhunt to trace the accused, thought to be in his early 20s.

"The girl was raped inside the school toilet during recess," a police official told AFP, requesting not to be named. He said the toilet was situated next to the headmistress's office at Deepvihar High School, which has a primary section.

Thousands of people surrounded the school on Monday night demanding the arrest of headmistress and the perpetrator, who is yet to be found.

 
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