Arrests made in Patan


The six have been handed over to the police which has arrested them. The seventh accused is absconding. The incident came to light when the girl got pregnant and a local hospital refused to admit her for abortion. Parents of the girl said she had told them that the teachers had been raping her for quite some time. According to the college principal K C Burania, the girl student had fallen unconscious in the college a day ago and was rushed to hospital escorted by a teacher. On medical examination she was found to be pregnant. Under questioning the student named the teachers and the college reported the matter to the police. Even as the police was investigating the matter angry parents and relatives of the students stormed into the institution and thrashed the teachers black and blue, before handing them over to the cops. There were conflicting versions about the incident. Patan SP Raghvendra Vats told newsmen here that the 18 year old Dalit girl was repeatedly raped by five teachers and a Junior clerk of the college and theythreatened her with dire consequences. The girl belongs to neighbouring Mehsana district.

The role of a former principal and another employee of the college was also being investigated by the police. According to the FIR filed by police, teachers Manish Parmar, Ashwin Parmar, Mahendra Prajapati, Dr Atul Patel (a PhD), Dr Kiran Patel (gold medalist) and Udaysingh Vaghela (Jr clerk) were arrested and charged under sections 376, 354 (rape) and 506 (threatening to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The girl also revealed that some other students too have been victimised and raped by the teachers. Police is further investigating the matter and taking the statements of other girls, who might be also victims of these teachers. The incident has sent shock-waves in the state. This is possibly the biggest ever sex racket in Gujarat.

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