“Preventive and punitive action is falling far short and does not match up with the pace of growing incidents of crimes against women,” was the common refrain of members of Bailancho Saad, women’s collective when they gathered to condemn the latest sexual assault of a minor school girl in Vasco last week.

Sabina Martins of the collective on Sunday lamented that despite holding demonstrations in the wake of earlier rape cases and making recommendations to the government very little was being done to implement suggestions. At the most pronouncements are made which does not translate into action.

The Bailancho Saad held a special meeting with victims of violence to discuss the difficulties encountered and list demands to press with the government.


Accordingly, the Bailancho Saad has demanded on priority from the State government that the police department should provide email ID to register complaints when police do not register complaints of victims. Quick and stern action if police do not register complaints. Functional women police stations with sensitised staff formed some of the other demands.

The collective also took strong exception to the recent police announcement that the jurisdiction of women police station would be for city limits of Panaji and Margao.

“The women police station comes under the crimes department and the jurisdiction had to be the whole of Goa. Hence any woman from anywhere should be free to register her complaint. The police officer should investigate, collect evidence and charge-sheet cases from anywhere in the State,” said Ms. Martins.

  • ‘The police department should provide email ID to register complaints’

  • ‘Jurisdiction of women police station should be widened to the whole of Goa’