2 Mar 2013

Protests in Delhi over reported rape of child

11:47 am on 2 March 2013

There have been violent protests in the Indian capital, Delhi, after reports that a seven-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at school.

Police used batons to break up angry crowds outside a hospital where the girl had been taken for treatment, the BBC reports.

Police say teachers and security guards at the government school are being questioned over the alleged assault.

The protests came as India's parliament held an angry debate over the rape and murder of three sisters, aged six to 11, in the state of Maharashtra last month.

No-one has been arrested and opposition MPs criticised the slow pace of the investigation.

The gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus in December sparked protests across India.