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German girl rape case: Minister demands probe

A Nationalist Congress Party Minister from Goa has demanded that the state should investigate into allegations of victimisation levelled by a German mother.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2008 14:58 IST

A Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Minister from Goa has demanded that the state should investigate into allegations of victimisation levelled by a German mother.

The German lady earlier had accused State Education Minister Atanasio Monserratte's son, Rohit and State Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao's nephew Warren of sexually exploiting her minor daughter.

The lady later withdrew her complaint stating that she was being harassed, victimised and treated like accused.

Pacheco, a Tourism Minister and political rival of Alemao, in a letter to Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat, requested that the authorities should "get to the bottom of the case and find out if the German woman and her daughter were really victimised."

"If the complaint was true then it was bad and the government must act against those police officers who were victimising her," the minister said.

He said that despite the fact that the investigations went on right track, what was shocking and disturbing was the victim's mother writing to the police requesting to withdraw the complaint.

"In the interest of the state, it would be pertinent to know the truth because in the absence of all the answers, the efforts of the (tourism) ministry to portray Goa as a safe destination would get a severe beating," the Minister added.