In one of the most shocking case, a 42-year-old British national was raped and subsequently robbed by an unknown person near Goa’s Famous Palolem Beach Situated in Canacona, South Goa. This is the second horrifying incident following the case of an Irish girl who was raped and brutally murdered in Canacona last year. 

According to the sources, an incident supposes to have taken place at around 4 am on Thursday 20th December 2018 near Palolem Beach in Canacona. According to India Today, the victim woman was walking towards her cottage situated at Palolem beach when the unknown person took advantage of it and attacked her.

The report says that the accused man forcibly took the 42-year-old British national to a nearby paddy field, and raped her. Later on, he took the bags containing cash of Rs. 20,000 and other valuables and vanished in the dark.   

The incident took place around 4 am in Canacona town, located about 100 km from Panaji, when the woman was going towards the Palolem beach in South Goa district, police inspector attacked to Canacona police station told the PTI.

“The woman complained to the police that while she was walking from the Canacona railway station towards the beach, an unidentified person forcibly took her to a roadside where he raped her,” he said.   

According to the reports, the victim woman had gone to catch a train from Canacona to Thivim station located in North Goa district. But, as the train got delayed, she decided to return to the place where she was staying near the Palolem beach, he said.

“The accused, who saw the woman walking alone, pushed her to a paddy field on the roadside near a telecom company’s office. He first hit her in the eyes, due to which her vision blurred for a few minutes, and then raped her,” narrated the police official quoting the complaint.

The police sources said that the investigations are on in the rape and robbery case and they have rounded up few suspects from the nearby area where the British woman was raped. 

“We have drawn up a list of suspects based on the description given to us by the victim lady,” said Rajendra Prabhudessai, inspector. He also confirmed an FIR under section 376 of IPC has been registered and the victim was taken for a medical test.

The police sources also said that the victim woman is a regular visitor to Goa, and she had been coming down for the past 10 years. Canacona situated in south Goa is one of the leading tourism destinations for the foreign nationals, and many of them visit Palolem beach.

But such kind of incidents is leading to spoil the name of one of the most sought-after tourist destination. The case of Irish National Rape and Murder is still under investigation and trial and the accused of that case is still not punished.

What do you think? Such kind of incidents will lead to affect the tourism industry of Goa? What steps the police and administration taking to stop such incidents?? Please do share your views on this serious issue. 

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