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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 February 2008, 17:45 GMT
Teachers held over Gujarat rape
By Jyotsna Singh
BBC News, Delhi

Six male college teachers accused of gang-raping a female student have been arrested in India's western Gujarat state, police say.

The six have also been suspended from work at a teacher training college in Patan town.

On Saturday, a 20-year-old student told her college vice-principal that she had been sexually assaulted by her teachers repeatedly in the last six months.

Police say the girl fainted as she narrated her story to a college doctor.

Several other girls in the college have since come forward with complaints of sexual harassment against the teachers.

On Monday, angry parents and students damaged the school building and attacked staff.

The small town went on strike on Tuesday, demanding justice.

Gujarat Revenue Minister Anandi Patel, who represents the Patan constituency in the state assembly, also visited the area.

She called for more recruitment of women to teach at schools and colleges for girls.

A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

A spate of cases of sexual assault have been reported in India recently, leading to calls for tightening the law against such crimes.



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