Russia demands strict action by India for safety of its citizens

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 27, 2010 20:39 IST

Expressing "outrage" over the alleged rape of a 9-year-old girl from its country, Russia on Wednesday demanded "strict and efficient" measures immediately by India to ensure the safety of its citizens, failing which it will issue advisory to its tourists to refrain from visiting Goa.

In a strong worded statement, the Russian embassy said: "We are shocked and deeply outraged by the reports about the disgusting incident in India’s well-known resort in Goa, when a 9-year old child from Russia became another victim of a rapist. The embassy reiterates its grave concern over the growth of criminal cases against Russians in Goa."

A nine-year-old Russian girl was alleged raped at Arambol beach in North Goa on Tuesday, according to police.

"Last December a 25-year old Russian woman was criminally assaulted and raped. Investigation of that case is being
conducted inefficiently. Earlier the police had registered several other cases of assaults and abuses of Russian tourists
in Goa.

"Increased criminal activities in the state, which has become popular among Russian tourists, cause damage to its
reputation. We expect that the Indian authorities should immediately take strict and efficient measures to ensure the safety of Russian citizens", the Russian embassy said.

"Otherwise, we will have no other option but to recommend Russian tourists to refrain from visiting Goa," it


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