Indian schoolgirl, 16, who was gang-raped by four students is denied a place at a new school because ‘she will spoil the atmosphere’
- The girl was raped at a boarding school in the city of Dehradun on August 14
- School officials allegedly kept the incident under wraps for more than a month
- The girl’s parents claim she has been denied admission at other schools
A schoolgirl who was allegedly gang-raped by four students at a boarding school in India has been denied a place at a new school because ‘she will spoil the atmosphere.’
The 16-year-old became pregnant after she was assaulted by fellow students at a school in Sahasput in the city of Dehradun on August 14, NDTV reports.
School officials are accused of trying to keep the incident under wraps but it was reported weeks later after it emerged the girl had become pregnant.
Now, the girl’s parents have filed a complaint claiming schools in the city are discriminating against their daughter by denying her admission.
A schoolgirl who was allegedly gang-raped by four students at a boarding school in India has been denied a place at a new school because ‘she will spoil the atmosphere.’ Pictured: Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest in support of rape victims in Mumbai on April 15
One of the schools the girl applied to denied her a place because they felt her presence would spoil the atmosphere on campus, Senior Superintendent of Police Nivedita Kukreti said.
She said police are investigating the complaint and exploring what legal action can be taken in the case.
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‘We will send a team to the school concerned to take its version on Monday as it is closed for puja holidays,’ she said.
‘Meanwhile, we are also exploring the legal course of action to be taken in a case like this.’
The girl’s parents are now considering sending her to school outside Dehradun.
The four students accused of raping the girl and five members of the boarding school’s staff – including its director and principal – have been arrested, according to NDTV.
Staff at the girl’s original school are accused of attempting to terminate her pregnancy with medicated drinks.
Sexual violence is rife in India, with nearly 40,000 rape cases reported in 2016 – although activists say this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The country has been the focus of international attention since the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus sparked nationwide protests and highlighted its poor record on sexual violence.
The rising incidents of brutal sexual assaults against girls and women galvanised India, where such crimes had been quietly accepted in the past.
The government has increased punishment for rape of an adult to 20 years in prison.
India’s government also approved the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under age 12.
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