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Goa Govt sends report to Centre on minor Russian rape case

PTI  Panaji, January 28, 2010
First Published: 13:11 IST(28/1/2010) | Last Updated: 13:14 IST(28/1/2010)

Goa government has sent a detailed report to the Centre in connection with the rape of a nine-year-old Russian girl at Arambol beach in Panaji.

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"I had received a call from Union Tourism minister Kumari Selja who asked for a detailed report. The chief
secretary, who was directed to compile it, has sent the report yesterday," Chief minister Digamber Kamat told PTI on Thursday.

Condemning the rape, Selja had called it as "extremely sad and shameful" and demanded immediate action, noting the
incident was contrary to the 'Atithi Devo Bhava' (Guest is God) campaign and gives a bad name to the country.

The minor was allegedly raped on January 26 by an unidentified person on the beach in North Goa. Police sources
said the medical examination of the girl had confirmed rape.

Goa, which receives around 40,000 Russian tourists, was rocked with the rape of a 25-year-old girl allegedly by a
local politician on December 1 last year.

In another instance, two Russian girls had to hide in forest for almost four hours on Christmas day after a taxi
driver allegedly chased them demanding sexual favours.

The Russian Embassy, in a strongly worded statement On Wednesday expressed its outrage over the "disgusting" incident and demanded "strict and efficient" measures to ensure safety to its citizens, failing which it said it will issue an advisory to its tourists to refrain from visiting Goa.


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