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Sketch of rapist released

Police releases the sketch of the person who raped a British tourist even as Goa Govt alleges maligning image of the tourist state.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2008 20:41 IST

Police on Monday released the sketch of the person who assaulted and raped a British tourist in Panaji even as Goa government alleged a foreign hand in maligning image of the state through propaganda to disturb its lifeline tourism.

"The sketches will be sent to all the police stations and would be displayed at prominent places," Inspector General of Police Kishan Kumar told reporters in Panaji.

The British national was raped after she had taken a lift on a motorcycle driven by person she did not know late in the night last week.

Home Minister Ravi Naik said, "There are some foreign nations who are involved in media propaganda that Goa is not safe for tourists". He however declined to naming any country.

Talking to presspersons in the presence of state's police chief B S Brar, Naik rubbished the contention that Goa is becoming increasingly unsafe for tourists.

"Those nations who want to frighten the tourists and who envy Goa's increasing tourism trade are involved in such propaganda," Naik, former Goa Chief Minister, said.

He said the state is much safer for tourists and cases reported are isolated one.

Goa, which saw four cases of violence against foreign women in the last seven days receives four lakh foreign tourists every year. A Russian lady had alleged a local shack owner molested her by dragging her in his jeep.

DGP Brar said the media should project Goa as it is. "It is the safest destination," he said.