India school 'rape' sparks media anger

File photo of an anti-rape protest in Delhi Image copyright AFP
Image caption This is the latest in a series of sexual assault cases that have made headlines in India

Media in India are "shocked "over an alleged sexual assault on a minor girl student in the southern city of Bangalore.

The incident happened on 2 July but her parents discovered it only a few days ago after she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital.

The CNN-IBN website called the incident "a horrific crime that has shocked the nation".

"The school authorities have refused to take any responsibility for the crime, even as the agitating parents have been demanding prompt action against some school staff who they allege are the culprits," the report adds.

"It brings tears to my eyes to even think of what the child must have undergone. What's her fault? The two school teachers have to take the onus of this. They have to take the responsibility and they have to do something about it," a parent told the website.

The Hindustan Times also criticises the horrific crime.

"The incident comes at a time when the nation is reeling under a series of sex crimes and a section of politicians has courted controversies by coming up with several explanations for the spate of such cases," the report said.

Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

The brutal crime led to massive outrage in the country and forced the government to introduce tougher anti-rape laws, including the death penalty in rare cases.

Gay rights

Meanwhile, federal Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has supported equal rights for India's gay community, The Hindu reports.

"Everybody, including gays, has human rights. It is the job of the government to protect their rights," he said.

Early this year, the Supreme Court overturned a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising gay sex, and later refused to review its controversial decision.

The ruling was seen as a huge blow to gay rights and has been criticised by activists and government ministers.

And finally, papers highlight a serious security lapse in a packed Delhi Metro train when it ran "for over two minutes with all doors open".

"Delhi Metro earned a dubious first on Thursday morning when a rush-hour train packed with commuters ran for 2.40 minutes with all its doors open," reports The Times of India.

"As per the automatic Metro system, trains cannot move from a station if any of the doors is open," the report added.

The New Indian Express terms the incident "an alarming safety lapse".

Some passengers later posted pictures of the open doors of the train on Twitter, the report added.

"Delhi Metro doors open while on the move... had this happened in a developed country civil suits would have been filed.. poor Indians", a passenger tweeted.

The Delhi Metro ferries over 2 million passengers every day, the report adds.

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