Physique on Goa seaside: cops say drowned; kin allege homicide, demand probe


Tons of gathered in north Goa’s Aldona on Monday for a candle mild vigil demanding justice for a 19-year-old girl who was discovered lifeless on Calangute seaside on August 12.

The girl’s relations, villagers, activists and political staff additionally joined within the demonstration – that was known as as an apolitical one. Whereas the Goa police had mentioned that sexual assault or violence was dominated out following a autopsy report that indicated that the lady might have died as a consequence of drowning, most who turned up in Aldona on Monday night demanded an evidence for why the lady’s physique was discovered semi-clad.

“We now have motive to assume that this was a case of homicide. If it was a case of drowning, why would all her garments not be on the physique? Even the rubber-bands in her hair have been intact however why would the garments not be if she had, in reality, died of drowning?” mentioned the lady’s uncle.

On Monday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant who holds the Residence portfolio, mentioned that the investigation within the case was progressing as anticipated. He mentioned that together with the Mapusa police station, officers of the Goa Police Crime Department would additionally weigh in on the investigation.

The physique of the 19-year-old was discovered on Calangute seaside on August 12, a day after she was reported lacking by her household. In response to Goa police, a put up mortem revealed that there was no indication of sexual assault or violence and the lady had died as a consequence of drowning.

The girl, a resident North Goa, was final seen at Mapusa bus stand the place her father had dropped her to go to work. North Goa Superintendent of Police, Shobhit Saksena, had earlier mentioned that the police was knowledgeable in regards to the physique by a passerby, just a little previous 6 am on August 12.

On Monday night, nevertheless, protesters who got here out in help of the lady demanded a rigorous probe and plenty of mentioned that the case reminded them of the demise of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in 2008 that was first recorded as a demise by drowning. In 2019, the Bombay Excessive Courtroom sentenced Samson D’souza to 10 years in jail for culpable murder, drugging and sexually assaulting Keeling.

Sabina Martins of Bailancho Saad, a girls’s collective, who attended the candle mild vigil, mentioned, “When the lady was reported lacking, there ought to have been fast motion. The household would have filed a lacking grievance after exhausting their search. And it is extremely unlikely {that a} lady will take her garments off and die by drowning or suicide. This must be investigated correctly. Calangute is a vacationer space, the resorts, roads have CCTV cameras, it ought to all be completely investigated.”

She mentioned that the case of unnatural demise was registered however alleged that a number of occasions, instances of significant offences are usually not registered as a result of they convey ignominy to the state.

Police sources mentioned that the lady, who labored at a fast-food chain, had recovered from Covid-19 a month in the past however was afraid to return to work since her restoration. She had informed her relations that she felt her well being would worsen if she stepped out of her home once more, sources mentioned. In response to the police sources, a bus carried out had seen her final on the Mapusa bus stand and informed the police that she appeared, “disturbed”.

Political barbs have been additionally fired by many collaborating within the demonstration on Monday, accusing Sawant and his authorities of being “irresponsible” and failing to examine the rising crimes towards girls. The girl’s demise got here inside a month of the gangrape of two minor ladies in Benaulim and two others rape instances reported in Ponda and Quepem in July.



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