Police Arrest Man Over Rape of Indian Schoolgirl

Protesters rally in southern India after a 6-year-old girl was raped at her school, Bangalore, India, 19 July 2014. Police arrested a suspect in connection with the rape, officials said Monday. EPA/JAGADEESH NV

NEW DELHI (DPA) — Police in southern India arrested a suspect in connection with the rape of a 6-year-old girl at her school, officials said Monday.

The crime in Bangalore sparked protests with thousands of parents demanding expedited investigations and arrests.

City police chief Raghavendra Auradkar said a 30-year-old skating instructor employed at the school since 2011 was arrested on Sunday.

"We seized a mobile phone and laptop from him. The laptop contained downloaded videos of schoolchildren being raped," Auradkar said.


Auradkar said police were also looking for a second suspect.

The incident took place on July 2, but the child's parents found out only last week after she complained of a stomachache.


Parents began a boycott of the school, which has been closed since the protests. They also demanded increased security for children.

There has been a spotlight on sexual assaults on women in India since the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi in December 2012.

The government promised swifter prosecutions, and laws against sexual violence were toughened.