DIG O. P. Mishra hints at more arrests in connection with negligence

While the main accused in the seven-year-old schoolgirl’s rape case in Vasco still remains at large, the Goa police on Sunday arrested the headmistress of the school Sharlet Furtado for negligence under the relevant provisions of the Goa Children’s Act.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police O.P. Mishra told presspersons at the police headquarters here that the police had registered two cases in the sexual assault case. The first one was about rape which was being investigated by a special team formed under the Crime Branch officials.

Another case was subsequently registered for negligence and the same was registered by the south Goa District police under the provisions of Goa Children’s Act.

The headmistress would be presented before magistrate in 24 hours for remand, said the DIG.

He did not rule out more arrests in connection with negligence and destruction of evidence as the investigation progressed.

The parents of a minor girl, who was raped on Monday in the school toilet during recess by an unknown person, had alleged that the school staff tried to destroy the evidence of the crime.

Schoolteachers washed her clothes, gave her a bath, and cleaned the toilet after the sexual assault before the police were informed, the parents had told the police.

Mr. Mishra said that after their interaction with the family of the victim as well as other parents from the said school, the police had forwarded a memorandum from parents of the school to the management of the school regarding increasing the security at the school when it reopens on Monday. Following the incident, the school remained closed last week as police investigations began.

“We will officially write to the management requesting it to take care of the issues of security and other aspects raised by parents,” DIG said.

Rapist at large

When asked about the failure of the police to nab the culprit after six days, Mr. Mishra said: “We are working on that,” but declined to divulge any details pertaining to investigation.

“We are following leads and the investigation is reviewed on a day-to-day basis,” he said pointing out that the special investigation team had been formed by drawing most experienced police officials from different police stations.

Reaction

As regards the delay in the arrest of the headmistress when right from day one, the parents had been complaining about negligence, Mr. Mishra said: “These decisions are not taken based on complaints. When the police inspected the scene of crime, things emerged, and accordingly the case was registered under the provisions of Goa Children’s Act and the formal arrest followed.”


  • Police are yet to nab the alleged rapist six days after the incident

  • Schoolteachers accused of washing the girl’s clothes, and giving her a bath


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