CM hushing up Vasco rape case to protect Avertano: Aires

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 13 April 2013 14:20 IST

Goa government is hushing up the Vasco rape case since fisheries minister Avertano Furtado is a close relative of the school headmistress, social activist Aires Rodrigues has alleged.

According to him, Monty, the Dubai-based nephew of the headmistress, is the culprit behind the rape incident that took place on a seven-year old girl in a Vasco school on 14 January.

In spite of asking repeatedly, Aires however is not prepared to reveal the full name of Monty, but prefers to link it to Monty related to the school headmistress.

He has now also alleged that chief minister Manohar Parrikar is personally monitoring the investigation since the suspected accused is related to his minister Furtado.

According to him, husband of headmistress Sharlet Furtado is a close relative of fisheries minister Furtado.

Aires has also condemned the police action of denying permission to the public meeting the citizens had organized on 15 April to condemn the police inaction in nabbing the culprit.

The Vasco police as well as the deputy collector have denied permission for the public meeting based on a letter written by United Goans Democratic Party secretary general Adv Anacleto Viegas.

Viegas, states Aires, is the lawyer of the headmistress and is misusing his UGDP position to pressurize the authorities.

Aires however also admits that he is the lawyer for the rape victim’s father while he is also part of the citizens’ group who had organized the public meeting.

Aires is now planning to approach the Goa Human Rights Commission for undemocratically denying permission for the public meeting and suppressing the freedom of expression.

In fact this is the political reason, alleges Aires, why all the four MLAs of Mormugao taluka, including Mauvin Godinho belonging to the Congress, are silent on the issue. 

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I do agree with you Mr. Fernandes; one does not feel the pain until and unless he is in the other persons shoes. If such a thing had happened to one of these high and mighty families, then only they would be running from pillar to post and take serious action against the rapists. Until such time they are taking things very cool. All we have to do right now is wait and watch. There is a saying...Every dog has his day.

- angela dias, navelim - goa | 22 nd April 2013 01:24

 

It is a blot on Goa`s Democracy to deny a Public Meeting of Citizens on a Grave "Social Issue".

Rape is a Social Issue not a Political issue per se.

Rapes are increasing in Goa, and this needs to be confronted & dealt with head-on.

A Government ,that supresses such Rights of a Citizen to demonstrate or hold meetings on Social Issues, becomes questionable.

Perhaps, the daughter of a Politician ,needs to be raped, before any serious action is initiated & Rights of Citizens to demonstrate restored..

- n.fernandes, London | 13 th April 2013 15:12

 

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