Goa Govt to seek daily hearing in minor rape case

Panaji: The Goa government will move the state bench of Bombay High Court seeking its intervention to hold hearing on the Russian minor case by the lower court on daily basis.

"Efforts are on to have the case being put on fast track. Once chargesheet is filed, the justice should be delivered quickly," state Chief Secretary Sanjiv Srivastava told reporters this afternoon.

Nine-year-old Russian girl, who was holidaying in the state with her mother, was allegedly raped on January 26 by Aman Bharadwaj at Arambol beach.

The accused was arrested from Chembur in suburban Mumbai within 72 hours. The chargesheet was filed by the state police within a fortnight.

Representatives from police, tourism and social welfare ministries had attended a high-level meeting held by Home Minister Ravi Naik today.

"The meet took stock of the investigations of two rape cases against the Russian women in the state reported in last few months," Srivastava said.

"It was resolved that not just Russian minor rape case but all the cases related to child sexual abuse should be put on fast track," the Chief Secretary said.

Goa Children's court is hearing the case thrice a week.