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German tourist molested in Goa

Even as Goa debates the safety of foreign tourists on its beaches, another female tourist from Germany was molested at Cavelossim beach in South Goa, reports Gigil Varghese.
Hindustan Times | By Gigil Varghese, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2008 04:22 AM IST

“Incredibly unsafe India” could be the new catch line for Goa’s tourism industry after a 27-year-old woman German tourist registered a case of molestation against an unknown person on Sunday.

Goa’s safety has been the subject of debate in the international media after 15-year-old British tourist Scarlette Keeling was found drugged, raped and murdered on south Goa’s Anjuna beach last month. The Goa police had initially tried to pass it off as a case of drowning.

In her complaint, the German tourist has stated that a man attacked her on an isolated beach stretch on Friday night in south Goa.

“The woman said that she was lying on the beach and enjoying the waves when a man held her hand and tried to pull her swim wear,” said investigating officer Edwin Calaco of the Colva police station.

“She started screaming and the man ran away,” he added. “As per the woman’s description, we have drawn a sketch and released it to all the police stations. We have already rounded up five persons with similar description,” added Calaco.

The German tourist has stated in her complaint that she had gone for a walk at Cavelossim beach in south Goa. “That stretch of the beach is isolated,” added the investigative officer.

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