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9-year-old Russian raped in Goa
PANAJI/New Delhi, JAN 27 (IANS):
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Published on 28 Jan. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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A nine-year-old Russian girl was allegedly raped by a tourist in north Goa’s popular Arambol beach, police said here Wednesday. According to the police complaint filed by the girl’s mother at the Pernem police station Tuesday evening, the incident happened when she was bathing in the sea at Arambol, 45 km from state capital Panaji. “The girl was bathing in the sea when a person started abusing her. The girl started crying and rushed to her mother, who was on a beach bed. She told her that the man, who we suspect is a tourist named Aman, had inserted his finger inside her,” police inspector Uttam Rautdessai told IANS. The accused fled the scene when the girl complained to her mother. The girl was later sent for medical examination to a government hospital in Panaji, which confirmed penetration. “Late last night, after the medical examination we filed a rape complaint under Section 376 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and relevant sections of the Goa Children’s Act,” the official said. He added that police were tracking down the accused on the basis of the description given by the mother. “As of now, what we know is that his name is Aman and he could be staying in any of the lodgings located within a radius of three kilometres from the beach,” Rautdessai said. Police later added that two people were probably involved in the crime. “While one physically abused the girl, who was swimming in the sea, the other person was on the beach distracting the victim’s mother,” a police source told IANS. Sources further said that an artist had been roped in to draw a sketch of the suspected accused people, one of whom is reportedly called Aman. All guest houses near Arambol beach are also being searched by police teams. Russia shocked Conveying its shock and outrage at the rape of a 9-year-old Russian girl in Goa, Russia Wednesday demanded the severest punishment for the rapist and warned that if such crimes targeting its citizens are not checked, it will ask Russian tourists to stop visiting the tourist resort. “We are shocked and deeply outraged by the reports about the disgusting incident in India’s well-known resort in Goa when a 9-year old child from Russia became another victim of a rapist,” the Russian embassy said in a statement here. The Russian embassy and the Consulate-General in Mumbai are in close contact with the Indian authorities demanding the immediate arrest of the culprit. “Anyone committing such heinous crime should be subjected to severest punishment in full accordance with India’s laws,” the embassy said. A nine-year-old Russian girl was allegedly raped Tuesday at Arambol beach where she was bathing with her mother. Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja took up the case with the Goa chief minister Wednesday and sought a report. Pointing to growing cases of assaults and abuses of Russian tourists in Goa, the embassy warned that increased criminal activities in the state, which has become popular among Russian tourists, has caused “damage to its reputation”. The Embassy reiterates its grave concern over the growth of criminal cases against Russians in Goa. Pointing to the rape of a 25-year old Russian woman in Goa last December, the embassy alleged that investigation of this case is being “conducted inefficiently”. Earlier the police had registered several other cases of assaults and abuses of Russian tourists in Goa. “We expect that the Indian authorities should immediately take strict and efficient measures to ensure the safety of Russian citizens,” the embassy said. “Otherwise we will have no other option but to recommend Russian tourists to refrain from visiting Goa,” it warned. Increased criminal activities in the state, which has become popular among Russian tourists, have caused damage to its reputation.

 
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