Police arrested a 42-year old teacher in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for allegedly raping an 8-year old second grader where he was teaching, according to a report in NDTV.
The rape reportedly took place at a government school on Tuesday in Krishna district, about 300 kilometres away from the state capital Hyderabad.
Fearing shame and negative social repercussions, the parents of the girl did not report the matter to the police. But when some social activists got wind of the incident, they convinced the mother to take the matter up with the police and register a complaint. A First Information Report (FIR) of the incident was lodged with the police on Thursday.
The state's Human Resource Development Minister Ganta Srinivas ordered the school commissioner to investigate the incident, and to suspend the teacher pending an answer.
"The accused has been suspended from service with immediate effect. A departmental inquiry into the incident has also been ordered," district education officer Rajya Lakshmi was quoted as saying in the media report.