Minor sodomised; crimes rising in Goa
Three men were arrested late Tuesday night for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old migrant boy in Margao, South Goa. The police arrested Pritesh Sarkar (24), Laximikant Gahir (23) and Yeshwant Sahu (32), and charged them with sodomy, kidnapping and under relevant sections of the Goa Children's Act 2003. "The men beat him up with wooden sticks while he was going home. They then dragged him to an under construction site near the old Margao railway station where he was sexually assaulted," inspector Sudesh Naik told reporters. A police patrolling team reportedly spotted one of the three accused involved in the act and caught hold of him but the other two managed to give a slip. They were arrested after a massive combing operation in the nearby vicinity. This is the second such incident in the last six days as another minor boy was a victim of sodomy by his own friend, also a minor, in Vasco.
The 15-year-old lured the victim, 11, to a secluded place and sodomised him.
The police have lodged the juvenile delinquent in the state run correction home.
An alarming rise in crimes against the children since over a week, especially after the alleged rape of a Grade II girl in the school toilet on Jan 14, has baffled the police department.
While the unknown rapist is still at large, atleast a dozen other cases of crimes against children and women were reported during this period.
Just on Tuesday, a major security lapse at a Mapusa school came to the fore when a woman posing as 'music teacher' decamped with gold earrings of a minor student.
The con woman is still absconding.
The incident comes when the government has instructed all educational establishments to review security measures in the wake of Vasco incident.
Later in the evening, a Nepali domestic help was molested by a youth in Panaji. The accused Basant Gharti was soon arrested following a complaint.
A high level meeting of senior police officers was held at Secretariat Tuesday evening wherein Director General of Police Kishan Kumar has directed the department to beef up security and identify 'bad characters'.