New Delhi: Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant in the firing line for his comments on the rape of two minor girls on a beach. Addressing the issue, Sawant had said that it was the responsibility of the parents to ensure that their children are not roaming on the beach during the night.
Four men, one of whom was a government employee, posed as a policeman and raped two girls who were roaming around the beach with two boys.
The accused beat up the boys at Benaulim beach, around 30 km south of Goa’s capital, on Sunday.
“When 14-year-olds stay on the beach the whole night, the parents need to introspect. Just because children don’t listen, we cannot put the responsibility on the government and police,” he had said in the assembly on Wednesday.
“We directly blame the police, but I want to point out that of the 10 youth who went to the beach for a party, four stayed on the beach the whole night and the remaining six went home,” Sawant had said in the House.
Sawant who holds the home ministry added that it was the responsibility of the present to ensure their child’s safety.
Altone D’Costa, Spokesperson, Goa Congress on Thursday accused the government for the deteriorating state of law and order in the state.
“Why should we fear while moving around at night? Criminals should be in jail and law-abiding citizens should be out freely moving around,” he said.
Vijai Sardesai, MLA, Goa Forward Party said that it was disgusting that a CM of a state was making statements like these.
“The safety of citizens is the responsibility of the police and state government. If they can’t provide it to us, the CM has no right to sit in the post,” Sardesai said.
Meanwhile independent MLA Rohan Khaunte said that it was surprising that the CM was accusing the parents and not taking his responsibility over the incident.
“It is shocking that @goacm is blaming parents for allowing their children to venture out at night claiming that it is not safe. If the state govt can’t assure us of our security, who can give it? Goa has a history of being a safe state for women, that tag is being lost in @BJP4Goa rule,” he tweeted.
All the four accused have been arrested, Sawant told the Assembly.
During the discussion in the House yesterday, an MLA had claimed that an “influential person” was trying to protect the accused, while another opposition member had alleged that a minister was calling the police and trying to influence the investigation. Speaker Rajesh Patnekar had expunged the remarks from the proceedings.
With inputs from PTI