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Protesters rally over an attack on a 6-year-old schoolgirl in Bangalore, India. / Jagadeesh NV, European Pressphoto Agency

A 6-year-old girl's rape and alleged police inaction in India has outraged hundreds of parents who held a protest and march Saturday.

The group was angered by the delay in arresting two school employees accused of sexually assaulting the young girl in a private school, Indo-Asian News Service reported.

"We have submitted a memorandum to the police commissioner with details of the incident and the culpability of the school management in the horrifying crime, as it failed to act against the accused and is not sharing any information with us," Nandish Reddy, a parent, told the news service.

Police told reporters the girl was assaulted when she left her classroom to go to the restroom. They said she was recovering from the incident but did not give further details.

The alleged assault happened on July 2, but her parents discovered it only a few days ago after she complained of a stomachache and was taken to the hospital, BBC reported.

The girl was allegedly raped by a security guard and a gym teacher, according to BBC.

According to Indo-Asian News Service, though Karnataka Home Minister K.J. George had assured the parents on Friday that the culprits would be arrested within a day,
Commissioner of Police Raghavendra Auradkar told reporters Saturday that the investigation team would need another day or two to collect all the evidence to take the accused into custody.

"A 20-member special team is working on the case round-the-clock to collect evidence. It's a sensitive case, involving a minor who is in a trauma. We cannot force her to recall all that happened at one time. We have sent the medical report for forensic examination," Auradkar said.

More than 4,000 parents and relatives of children who attend the school in Bangalore, India's technology hub, shouted slogans against the school's administration.

They carried placards that read "Enough is enough" and "We want justice," and walked more than 2 miles to one of Bangalore's main police stations.

After a daylong protest, the parents decided to wait until Sunday or Monday for the next course of action, if the accused are not arrested, Indo-Asian News Service reported.

The rape has raised questions about the safety of India's schoolchildren and sparked nationwide outrage over rampant sexual violence against girls and women. The school has refused to take responsibility for the crime.

Angry lawmakers discussed the incident in the state assembly on Friday and demanded that the government of Karnataka state, of which Bangalore is the capital, punish the school principal and other administrators who allegedly tried to hush the matter.

The parents have said they will keep their children out of school until steps are in place to ensure their safety.

Police said eight members of the school's staff had been detained for questioning. The protesters squatted outside a police station and refused to move until Bangalore's police chief assured them the suspects would be arrested.

Official statistics say about 25,000 rapes are committed every year in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. Activists, though, say that number is just a tiny percentage of the actual number, since victims are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assaults.

Indian officials, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage.

The outcry led the federal government to rush legislation doubling prison terms for rapists to 20 years and criminalizing voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women. The law also makes it a crime for officers to refuse to open cases when complaints are made.

But BBC reported the law appears to have failed to act as a deterrent. Statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau for 2013 show one rape was reported every 21 minutes.

Reddy, whose child studies in the same school, is a former Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from K.R. Puram assembly segment in the city's eastern suburb, Indo-Asian News Service reported.

"We are not convinced by the commissioner's reasons for the delay. It is five days since the victim's parents filed the complaint July 14 and four days since the accused were detained and interrogated. What more evidence they want when the medical test proved that there was a sexual assault on the minor," Reddy told the news service.

Contributing: The Associated Press



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