Goa police`s U-turn, presses rape charge against politician
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 00:01
Panaji: Doing a U-turn on the alleged sexual assault of a Russian employee of a five-star hotel here, Goa police today pressed rape charge against a politician of the state, who was named the accused in the case, and took a fresh statement from the woman.

Crime Branch sleuths, who took over the case this morning, also sent the woman for a medical examination and pressed rape charge against John Fernandes who was earlier booked for alleged attempt to rape.

The state police had earlier refused to accept the complaint of rape and termed it as "outraging the modesty" and "attempt to rape".

The incident had occurred on December one when John allegedly raped the woman in his car.

The police had initially asked the girl to tone down the complaint claiming the accused is a heavyweight politician.

The case was transferred to Crime Branch after the girl approached the Russian consulate for help and alleged she was harassed in the police station.

In a statement to the consulate, she had claimed police inspector Siddhant Shirodkar asked her not to file rape case against the accused as he was highly influential and would spoil her job prospects and cancel visa.

John, a young politician, had unsuccessfully contested Goa legislative assembly election in 2007 from Benaulim constituency against sitting legislator and Tourism Minister Fransisco Pacheco.


First Published: Sunday, December 06, 2009, 00:01

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