Panjim, 29 July 2021: A controversy has erupted over Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s remarks in the Goa Legislative Assembly on the alleged gang-rape of two minor girls at a beach in Goa.
Sawant had said in the assembly that parents need to introspect why their children were on the beach all night. The opposition has become angry over this statement and has called it shameful.
“Parents need to introspect when 14-year-olds stay on the beach all night,” Sawant said during a discussion in the House on Wednesday. We cannot put the onus on the government and the police just because children do not listen. Sawant, who also holds the charge of the home department, had said that it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure the safety of their children and they should not allow their children, especially minors, to stay out overnight.
Sawant had said in the House, ‘We directly blame the police but I want to say that out of 10 youths who went to the beach for a party, four stay there for the whole night and the rest six go home. Two boys and two girls stayed there for the whole night.’
The two girls were allegedly raped by four men posing as policemen on Sunday at Benaulim beach, about 30 km from the Goa capital. They also beat up the boys. One of the four accused is a government employee. Sawant told the assembly that the four accused have been arrested.