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FIR against two Cong leaders for revealing molestation victim’s identity

Goa Congress women’s wing chief Pratima Coutinho, her deputy and three other persons, visited the victim at her home in South Goa earlier in July and posted a picture with the girl’s mother on the social media. They also mentioned the mother’s name in the tweet.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2018 17:04 IST
Press Trust of India, Panaji
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Revealing a minor victim’s identity is an offence under the POCSO Act. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A case has been filed against Goa Congress’ women’s wing chief, her deputy and three other persons for allegedly revealing the identity of a molestation victim, the police said on Thursday.

Shiv Sena’s Goa unit vice president Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik had filed a complaint against them last week for revealing the identity of a 17-year-old girl, who was allegedly molested by a man at Netravali village in South Goa district.

The Goa Women Police Station on Thursday filed an FIR against state Congress’ women’s wing president Pratima Coutinho, its vice president Savitri Kavlekar, Netravali village panchayat’s deputy sarpanch Abhijit Desai and panch members Vitthal Gaonkar and Prakash Bhagat. A copy of the FIR is with PTI.

The five persons have been booked under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Juvenile Justice Act, according to the FIR.

Coutinho, who along with others visited the victim at her home in South Goa earlier this month, had posted a picture with the girl’s mother on social media, and also mentioned the mother’s name, the complaint said.

After receiving the complaint, the police had questioned Coutinho for two hours on July 14.

A youth hailing from Jharkhand is the accused in the molestation case, registered at Sanguem police station around three weeks ago.

Revealing a minor victim’s identity is an offence under the POCSO Act.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 17:03 IST