Stir for justice to Gujarat rape victim to be intensified

May 11th, 2008 - 1:06 am ICT by admin  

Ahmedabad, May 10 (IANS) A parents’ association and a citizens’ forum Saturday decided to intensify their stir to seek justice for an 18-year-old student of a college in north Gujarat who earlier this year said she had been raped by six teachers for months. “Our primary aim is for a change in venue of the hearing to Ahmedabad,” Dwarika Nath Rath of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) told IANS here.

Rath presided over the meeting of the students’ parents and citizens at Siddhapur town in Patan district, 135 km from here.

A resolution passed at the meeting demanded appointment of a special public prosecutor of the victim’s choice under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, and transfer of the case to the Ahmedabad Sessions Court to ensure a fair trial and avoid pressures of local vested interests.

The first-year student of the Primary Teachers Training College (PTC) run by the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) revealed Feb 2 that six of her teachers had been sexually assaulting her for six months.

Soon, close to 100 female students of the college complained to principal K.T. Purania about sexual harassment by the six teachers.

Police soon arrested the six teachers even as the state government ordered a judicial inquiry.

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