German rape victim’s mother withdraws complaint

November 10th, 2008 - 12:18 am ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Nov 9 (IANS) In a sudden development, a German woman who had accused the kin of two Goa cabinet ministers of raping her minor daughter, has written to the police seeking withdrawal of her complaint as she was “dissatisfied and frustrated” with the police probe. The letter was submitted by the German woman to the police Sunday afternoon.

The complaint coincides with Superintendent of Police (North) Bosco George going “on leave”. George was the main supervisory officer monitoring the investigations and the only officer authorised by the Goa Police to speak to the media on the progress of the case.

Speaking to reporters, Aires Rodrigues, counsel for the German mother, confirmed the development and said that the mother was frustrated that the police were treating the rape victim like she was an accused. “She is upset at the way the police are handling the complaint,” Rodrigues said, adding that the police as well as the forensic department which conducted the medical examination had been callous in handling the case.

“The mother is frustrated at the way things are progressing,” Rodrigues claimed, adding he had sought an appointment with the Goa Governor S.S. Sidhu Monday morning and he would broach this issue.

Despite constant attempts made to contact them, Calangute police inspector Tushar Vernekar and his immediate superior Deputy Superintendent of Police Gundu Naik were untraceable.

In her complaint submitted to the Calangute police on Oct 2, the German mother had complained that Rohit, son of Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate, had raped her daughter and was sending her lewd SMSs. The police refused to register the complaint and took cognisance of it 12 days later, only after the German Consul General Walter Stechel wrote to the Goa chief secretary asking him to ‘vigorously’ investigate the case.

The police and the state administration, whose role has been described as ‘dubious’ by Rodrigues, delayed the arrest of Rohit by more than a fortnight, on the pretext that the arrest would be carried out only after the girl deposed before a magistrate. Rodrigues had claimed that the state administration was “colluding to ensure that Rohit wasn’t arrested”.

Rohit, in whose name the police had issued a Look Out Notice, finally surrendered on Nov 4.

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