Bengaluru: Targetting the Congress Government over increasing sexual assaults, particularly of minor girls in schools, Karnataka BJP today staged a protest, demanding resignation of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister K J George.
BJP workers staged the protest march organised by its women's wing from party state headquarters at Malleshwaram shouting slogans against the government.
The protest comes in the wake of spate of sexual assault related incidents in schools here, with four cases involving minor girls occurring in as many months, evoking public outrage and protests.
The march, aimed at picketing the Chief Minister's official residence, was stopped mid way with its leaders, including MP and former Minister Shoba Karandlaje being arrested and later released.
BJP workers and Karandlaje alleged they were manhandled by police despite their protest march being peaceful.
Earlier addressing the protesters, Karandlaje demanded a CBI inquiry into a case where a fourteen-year old girl from Shivamoga was allegedly abducted, drugged and gang-raped by three unidentified men last week. She also alleged that the government was trying to hush-up the case.
Former Chief Ministers B S Yeddyurappa and Jagadish Shettar and other BJP leaders also addressed the protestors.
Speaking to reporters, Yeddyurappa alleged the government was not bothered about the growing sexual assault cases and the law and order situation had turned worse.
"The situation is so bad that the parents are hesitating to send their children to schools," he said, demanding the resignation of Home Minister.