Man arrested for molesting Vasco schoolgirl


The Mormugao police on Friday arrested one Bijoy Kumar Gouda (45), a native of Orissa and presently residing at Baina, on the charges of restraining a-12-year-old schoolgirl and outraging her modesty on the road at Headland-Sada. The incident took place at around 1.50 p.m. a few metres away from the high school where the girl studies in Class VII. The Mormugao police informed that the schoolgirl was heading towards home along with her mother. When the mother and the daughter reached near Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Vocational and Recreational Centre at Headland-Sada, the culprit under the influence of alcohol restrained the girl in the middle of the road and caught hold of her hand. He tried to pull the schoolgirl, and thus outraged her modesty. At this juncture the girl’s mother tried to rescue her daughter from the clutches of the culprit. The victim and the mother raised an alarm, which brought people from the surrounding areas to the site. The agitated people thrashed Gouda and handed him over to the Mormugao police. In the light of the incident, residents of Headland-Sada have expressed concerns over the rising cases of sexual harassment of schoolgirls. The culprit was working as a security guard at a reputed oil company’s terminus based in the heart of the town, the police said. The victim and the culprit have been sent to the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, for medical examination.[NT]