Russian authorities demand thorough probe into Goa rape case

Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 18:21

Panaji: Russia has demanded a thorough
inquiry into the alleged rape of its national by a Goa
politician and accusations of her harassment by the local
police.
In a letter to Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat dated
December 7, 2009, a copy of which is with PTI, the Consulate
General of Russian Federation in Mumbai asked the Chief
Minister to direct the authorities to investigate the crime,
punish the guilty and keep him posted about the results.

The letter said the incident "spoils the image of Goa as
a safe place for tourists".

The letter signed by Consul General Alexander
Mantytsky listed the sequence of events before and after the
rape of the 25-year-old Russian and said the police had
threatened her that her visa would be cancelled if a complaint
was lodged against the accused John Fernandes, a high-profile
politician.
The Consul General noted that "next day (after the
rape) when she went to Colva police station (on December 2),
policemen asked her not to do so (lodge the complaint) because
Fernandes was a local politician and any attempt to
investigate the case would be useless."

"Police also registered the case under section 354
(assault) of IPC and warned her that if she did not change the
rape charges, she would lose her job," the letter said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 18:21
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