The 30-year-old Rape Accused who was imprisoned for raping a 48-year-old British National in Canacona seems to have escaped from the police custody, and this is not then the first case of Rape accused giving a slip to police on duty. This is the second case in just seven months time and it creates doubt about police personnel involved in handling the rape accused.   

In what can be termed as gross negligence and incompetence on part of the Goa police, another under trial, in the span of seven months, has given the police the slip when he was taken to the Margao District Sessions Court. This problem becomes even more serious as in both cases the accused have been involved in rape cases.

In what is termed as another case of gross negligence and incompetence of the Goa Police, another undertrial escaped.

According to the Times of India, the 30-year-old Tamil Nadu native Ramchandrappa Chinna Yellappa, an undertrial imprisoned in the alleged rape of a 48-year-old British woman at Palolem, Canacona in December 2018, escaped from police custody when he was brought to the South Goa District Sessions court in Margao on Friday.  According to South Goa SP Arvind Gawas, the under trail who escaped through the toilet grills by bending them when he visited the toilet inside the court premises.

According to The Goan, citizens and other organization are angered by another lapse on the part of the Goa Police.

According to city-based Criminal lawyer Rajiv Gomes, this is the second incident in seven months. “It goes to show the incompetence of the police in discharging their duties. An undertrial can be handcuffed provided the police obtain permission from the court. Rape is a serious crime and the police should have been extra vigilant in such a case,” he said.

Earlier an under trial in a Betalbatim gang rape case gave the police the slip when taken to court for proceedings.

Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress President Pratima Coutinho condemned the incident demanding action against the police for dereliction of duties. “Rape is a heinous crime and does not augur well for the image of the state,” she said.

In light of this incident under trials now brought to the court will have to answer natures call in the open complex in the South Goa District Sessions court.  This happened with some undertrials who were brought from Colvale jail.

Source: TOI | The Goan

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