South district police on Sunday arrested the school headmistress Sharlet Furtado for negligence in the case of sexual assault on 7-year old girl in Vasco, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) OP Mishra said terming it as a “blind case”.
Addressing a press conference in Panjim, DIG said the headmistress has been formally arrested today for negligence and under relevant sections of Goa Children’s Act.
The headmistress is currently placed under suspension pending inquiry.
He said police have registered two different cases related to the sexual assault. “The first case of the rape is investigated by Special Investigation Team of Crime Branch, while the case of negligence against the Headmistress is probed by South District police,” DIG said.
Mishra said the case of destruction of evidence has also been registered in connection with the sexual assault case.
Mormugao PI Suresh Gaonkar revealed that the headmistress was arrested on Sunday at about 1.40 pm. “We arrested the headmistress as the State had filed a complaint of negligence with Mormugao Police. The headmistress has been arrested under Sections 336, 337 r/w 44 and Section 8 (1) (10) of Goa Children’s Act 2003,” Gaonkar said.
Gaonkar further informed that while Sections 336 and 337 r/w 44 is bailable, Section 8 (1) (10) is not bailable.
Asked why there was delay in the arrest and from where the headmistress was arrested, DySP Laurence D’Souza said there was no delay as the headmistress was with the Crime Branch for interrogation.
Till date there has been no further development as far as the arrest of the main accused is concern.
“Our teams are working on tracing the culprit. This is a blind case. It has no point of origin. We are trying to build up the entire case,” Mishra said refusing to divulge anything more calling it sensitive.
“The case is being investigated on a broad canvass. There are different angles to it,” he said.
The minor girl was sexually assaulted by an unknown in a school toilet in Vasco on January 14. Police have already formed a 15-member SIT to trace the accused. A sketch of suspect and a reward of Rs 50,000 has been announced for anyone who could give information about the accused.
Meanwhile, Mishra said that he along with senior police officials visited the victim’s family on Saturday trying to apprise the parents on ongoing investigation and to address their concern on various issues pertaining to the security of the students in the school.
“The residents in MPT colony had some issues concerning the overall security of the students and they are very concerned about the safety once school re-opens on Monday,” he said adding that the security of the victim is been taken care by police.
DIG also said that he would be personally writing to MPT management putting across the worries of residents and demanding immediate solution. [H]