Vasco rape case would be out of political net: PAAI

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 30 May 2013 14:55 IST

Adv Guru Shirodkar addressing media on Vasco rape

People Against Atrocity and Injustice, the NGO working on Vasco rape case, feels that handing over the case to CBI would help to nab the culprit as the police probe was controlled by the politicians.

Cyril Fernandes, convenor of PAAI, said the police were investigating the case under political influence due to which the school headmistress was not interrogated thoroughly while the other staff was not at all interrogated.

“The rape had definitely taken place with the knowledge of insiders”, he alleged while blaming the police for not conducting in depth probe.

The case of raping a six-year old student in a school toilet on 14 January would be now handed over to the CBI as the crime branch of Goa police have not been able to crack it for over four months.

Adv Guru Shirodkar, a tribal leader and member of PAAI, has alleged that the case has also not been registered under Scheduled Cast/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in spite of a plea in this regard when the victim girl belongs to the scheduled tribe.

“The stringent act makes even the chief minister accountable for inaction, due to which it is not being brought under the provisions of this act”, observes Shirodkar.

Adv Albertina Almeida, another social activist, pointed out at several lethargic inactions of the state government authorities and the statutory bodies, which were required to act swiftly after this horrifying incident.

She asked why the education department has not conducted departmental inquiry into the role of the school authorities and teaching staff till date when the police have registered a case of destruction of evidence against the headmistress.

Almeida also pointed out that no police station in Goa has appointed a Victim Assistance Unit till date, required under the provisions of the Goa Children’s Act.

Alleging that the statutory bodies are filled with political appointees as its head, the activist lawyer said the Women’s Commission, Child Rights Protection Commission as well as the ST Commission have not played any role in this case till date.

The PAAI now thus expects a free investigation by the CBI without any more political influence. 

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Not possible! Politicians are Godfathers of CBI.

- Mario, GOA | 30 th May 2013 15:51

 

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