12-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Sunday by her mother's 30-year-old live-in partner in the wooded area near the Pernem railway station.
Police sources said the man, on the pretext of taking the girl and her brother to the Mapusa market, took them instead to the railway station, where he made the boy wait, while he took the girl into the wooded area. He then brought the children back home.
The girl, warned of dire consequences if she told anyone, did not inform her mother. On Monday, the homemaker got to know from two men in the neighbourhood that her partner, a mason, had taken her daughter into the woods. When her daughter confirmed that she'd been raped, the mother, with the girl and two younger sons in tow, headed for her brother's house at Vasco.
On Tuesday, the live-in partner, who arrived at the woman's brother's house, tried to forcefully take his 'family' back to Pernem. When the woman resisted, people in the neighbourhood intervened and held the man till the Vasco police, who received a call at 10.20am, reached the site.
Vasco PSI Girendra Naik, who registered the case and forwarded it to the Pernem police, said, "The rape occurred on Sunday in Pernem and the mother got to know about it on Monday from neighbours."
The case has been registered under IPC Section 376 (rape) and Section 8 of the Goa Children's Act. The accused is under arrest and both, he and the girl have been sent for medical examinations, the results of which are not known yet, Pernem police sources said. [TOI]