Days after two minors were raped on Benaulim beach in Goa on Sunday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that parents should introspect about why teenagers go on beaches late at night.
Days after two minor girls were gangraped on Benaulim beach in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant drew flak for his remarks in the state Assembly that parents need to introspect about why their daughters were ‘out late’ at night.
On Wednesday, during a debate on a calling attention notice in the House, Pramod Sawant said, “When 14-year-olds stay on the beach the whole night, the parents need to introspect. Just because children don’t listen, we cannot put the responsibility on the government and police.
The chief minister, who also holds the home portfolio, said parents have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their children and hinted that they should not allow their children, particularly minors, to go out at night.
What Opposition leaders say?
Stating that the law and order situation in the coastal state has deteriorated, Goa Congress spokesperson Altone D’Costa on Thursday said, “Why should we fear while moving around at night? Criminals should be in jail and law-abiding citizens should be out freely moving around.”
Slamming the chief minister for making such comments, Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai said, “The safety of citizens is the responsibility of the police and state government. If they can’t provide it for us, the CM has no right to sit in the post.”
Taking to Twitter, Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte wrote, “It is shocking that @goacm is blaming parents for allowing their children to venture out in the night claiming that it is not safe. If State govt can’t assure us our security, who can give it? Goa has a history of being safe state for women, that tag is being lost in @BJP4Goa rule.”
What did Pramod Sawant say?
While explaining the incident that took place on Sunday, Pramod Sawant asserted that teens, particularly minors, should not be spending nights on beaches.
“We directly blame the police, but I want to point out that of the 10 youths who went to the beach for a party, four stayed on the beach the whole night and the remaining six went home. They were on the beach the whole night, two boys and two girls,” Pramod Sawant said in the House.
Four men, one of them a government employee (a driver with the agriculture department), posed as policemen and raped the two girls after beating up the boys who were with the girls on Benaulim beach, around 30 km south of Goa’s capital, on July 25.
All the four accused have been arrested, Pramod Sawant told the Assembly.
During the discussion in the House on Wednesday, an MLA had claimed that an ‘influential person’ was trying to protect the accused, while another Opposition member had alleged that a minister was calling the police and trying to influence the investigation.
However, Speaker Rajesh Patnekar removed the remarks from the proceedings.