The Goa police came in for bitter criticism on Saturday for their failure to nab the culprit who raped a nine-year-old girl student of a Vasco school.

The case will complete three months on Sunday.

Addressing a press conference here, Aires Rodrigues, lawyer of the girl’s father, condemned the “high-handed decision by the Goa government not to allow a public meeting which was scheduled on Monday at Vasco to highlight the schoolgirl rape case”.

He said the decision of the government not to allow the meeting anticipating a law and order problem was very autocratic and absolutely unwarranted.

He threatened to take up with the Goa Human Right Commission the mala fide and undemocratic action of the government in disallowing the public meeting.

He said that the meeting on April 15 was being organised to highlight that despite three months having elapsed the Goa police had failed to nab the rapist.

‘Political pressure’

Questioning the silence on the rape case by the four MLAs of Mormugoa constituency, Mr. Rodrigues alleged that the police have been under political pressure to hush up the case.

What was shocking, Mr. Rodrigues said, was that the public meeting had been disallowed by the government after advocate Anacleto Viegas, secretary-general of the United Goans Democratic Party, wrote to the Vasco police to deny permission to hold the meeting as there was likelihood of breach of peace.

“Advocate Anacleto Viegas was the lawyer for the headmistress of the school. He should not have misused his position as secretary-general of United Goans Democratic Party to shield his client by maliciously preventing a public meeting planned to support the demand for justice for a rape victim,” said Mr. Rodrigues.