IN OUR DAILY NEWSPAPERS, RAPE REARS ITS UGLY FAÇADE ALMOST EVERYDAY. SOMETIMES, IT IS A BRUTAL RAPE AND MURDER BY A STRANGER, GANG-RAPE OF A GIRL BY HER ACQUAINTANCES OR IN MANY CASES RAPE OF A GIRL BY HER OWN FATHER OR ELDERLY RELATIVES. IN RECENT YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN AN ALARMING RISE IN RATIO OF RAPE IN INDIA. IT IS BECOMING SUCH A COMMON THING IN OUR NEWSPAPERS THAT WE ARE APT TO NOT EVEN PAY ANY REMARKABLE ATTENTION.
A youth from Gaunem in Ponda taluka was arrested for his alleged involvement in a molestation case. Ponda police arrested Naik, 25, following a complaint lodged by a 24-year-old girl from Valpoi.
As per the complaint, the incident occurred on Tuesday, evening after the girl had left her place of work. The accused and the victim were reportedly in a relationship, offered to drop her home in his four-wheeler.On this pretext, the accused instead took the girl to an isolated place at Farmagudi against her wishes and molested her. The complainant also mentioned that the accused snatched her gold chain worth Rs 28,000 and offered her a bundle of currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination in lieu of the chain.
The 37 currency notes amounting to Rs 74,000 were later found to be counterfeit.
Naik was arrested for wrongfully restraining her entry, abduction, molestation, intimidation and snatching her ornaments. The case is registered under sections 365, 341, 342, 506 (II), 354 B, 356, 379, 489 A,B,C & D of the Indian Penal code.
Ponda PSI Nitin Halarnkar is investigating the case.
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