Protests outside the hostel.
A town in Arunachal Pradesh is tense after a hostel warden of a private
school was arrested for allegedly raping 14 minor girls, some as young
as four, for years.
The girls, aged four to 13 years, were
allegedly raped over the past three years at the school in
Likabali, West Siang. Some of the girls reportedly scaled the
walls of the school on Tuesday to go to the police, after the principal refused to
act on their complaint.
The hostel warden, Vipin Wisvan, was
arrested for sexual abuse and molestation on a complaint by 13 girls.
He is also a teacher in the school, which has 400 students studying up
to Class 7.
The shocking revelation triggered massive protests on the streets of Likabali. Residents and students on Wednesday surrounded the local lawmaker and district Superintendent of Police demanding immediate action against the school.
The police have also detained the school principal and two
other staff members for questioning. The police said the warden as well
as school authorities had threatened the girls to stop them from
reporting the crime to their parents.