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Goa school rape: Headmistress arrested

Posted on Jan 20, 09:36PM | IBNS

Goa police have hinted at more arrests in the brutal rape of a minor in the Vasco port town after formally arresting headmistress Sharlet Furtado for negligence of duty.

Her arrest comes after sustained campaign from the victim's parents and locals demanding immediate arrest of the rapist, who is yet to be found, and all those involved in the abetment including the headmistress who is also suspected to have destroyed forensic evidences.

DIG Dr O P Mishra said the police have registered two offenses related to the case.

"A special team is investigating the sexual assault and the Mormugao police station is investigating negligence against the headmistress," he told a press conference.

The officer, overseeing the investigation has termed it as "blind case". "We are working very hard to trace and arrest the unknown man. It is a blind case," he said.

The seven year old student, studying in Class II was allegedly raped by the person in the school toilet during recess period on Jan 14.

He had then locked her inside and sneaked out of the premise. Several protests are being held across the state demanding justice for the girl.

The parents, who have refused to take Rs 5 lakh compensation from the school management, alleged that the school authorities bathed the girl and washed her underwear in an attempt to destroy evidences. They have further charged the school with hiding this crucial information from the family and the police.

The special investigation team of the crime branch has released an updated sketch of the alleged offender. The Director General of Police has announced cash reward of Rs 50,000 for providing information about the man.