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Goa Chief Minister Says Rape Case Remarks “Taken Out Of Context” Amid Row

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Goa Chief Minister Says Rape Case Remarks 'Taken Out Of Context' Amid Row

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s remarks on the gangrape of two ladies triggered a row (File)

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Two days after his touch upon the gangrape of two minor ladies triggered outrage, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has mentioned his phrases had been taken “out of context” and described himself “deeply pained and disturbed” by the incident.

“My statement about the unfortunate incident was taken out of context. Both as head of a responsible government and as a father of a 14-year-old daughter, I was deeply pained and disturbed. Pain of this incident is inexplicable,” Mr Sawant was quoted by information company ANI.

“At no point, I’ve tried to deny the right to security provided by our law. Goa Police has been truly professional force, especially when it comes to security of women and children. They have already acted swiftly and arrested the accused,” he added.

“Let me assure you that I shall ensure that the culprits get the most stringent punishment under the law. The safety of our citizens is always my government’s top priority.”

In feedback made within the Goa Assembly on Wednesday, Mr Sawant blamed the dad and mom for permitting their kids to step out – they had been on a seaside 30 km from capital Panaji – late at evening

“When 14-year-old children 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,” the Chief Minister, who additionally heads the Home Ministry, had declared.

The feedback triggered a livid outcry from opposition leaders, a few of whom demanded Mr Sawant’s resignation and claimed Goa had develop into extra harmful for ladies beneath BJP rule.

Senior Congress chief Randeep Singh Surjewala lashed out, tweeting: “And Chief Minister should quit and go home for such preposterous ‘pearls of wisdom’!”

Shiv Sena chief and Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi known as it “sick and brazen abdication of responsibility”, tweeting: “‘When 14-year-olds stay on the beach the whole night, the parents need to introspect’ – Goa Chief Minister on gang rape on Goa Beach. This is sick and brazen abdication of responsibility to keep Goa safe. Shameless.”

Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai, who this week introduced an alliance with the Congress for subsequent 12 months’s election, known as the Chief Minister’s comment “insensitive” and demanded an apology.

“The Chief Minister owes an apology to the parents of the minor girls. Such an irresponsible… insensitive statement… when actually he should be comforting the parents, giving them solace and courage by his timely action to prevent further such instances,” he was quoted by ANI.

Four males – one a authorities worker – posed as policemen and raped the 2 ladies after beating up the boys. The assault occurred on Benaulim seaside.

All 4 accused have been arrested.

During the dialogue within the Assembly, one MLA had claimed an “influential person” was making an attempt to guard the accused. Another alleged a minister was making an attempt to affect the investigation.

Speaker Rajesh Patnekar expunged each remarks from the proceedings.

With enter from ANI


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