Cases of police Officers committing molestation, harassment and sexual assault have always been in the headlines. It is always noticed that within the criminal justice system, sex offenders are difficult to prosecute, but officers accused of sexual crimes are even tougher to convict. Against the backdrop of Goa Police officers being involved in a nexus with sex workers and pimps, two of their colleagues have been accused of sexually abusing and harassing a woman on the roadside at Kadamba Plateau. Read full report
According to the sources, two Police constables attached to the Old Goa Police station PCR van, have allegedly sexually abused a lady at Kadamba plateau who they had accosted, when she was in a car with a friend. The matter came to light when the constables started calling her on her cell phone demanding sexual favors.
According to the sources, it is known that the Police van intercepted a couple sitting in the car parked on Kadamba plateau and asked the couple for their identity cards. The policemen then started demanding money from the couple and later abused the woman. They also got her telephone number and threatened to take her to the police station, though she had clearly not committed any crime.
Disgust by this, the lady finally opened up the matter to her friend. The matter later reached to the higher authorities of Goa Police. The complainant asked for strict action and immediate transfer of the PCR.
Superintendent of Police (PCR) Bosco George said both policemen were immediately transferred and further proceedings are on. “I don’t want to spare such activities. I have already asked the concerned inspector to register an offense and start proceedings,” George said.
According to Old Goa Police Inspector Krishna Sinari, an offense has been registered against unknown Police Officers based on the complaint. He said the complaint has neither mentioned the name of the victim nor the police officers. “We have registered an offense under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code for molestation and outraging the modesty of an unknown female,” Sinari said.
The incident that occurred a month ago has shocked the force as the PCR van staff demanded money and also sexual favors. This is not the first time such an incident has blemished the Goa Police. In 2009 three policemen were suspended and an offense registered against them for abusing a sex worker in a PCR van which was filmed by one of the PCR van personnel.