Oppn grills govt for failing to crack Vasco rape case


 The Opposition on Tuesday grilled State government over its failure to crack the rape case involving a seven-year-old school girl at Vasco. 
However, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar defended the progress of the police investigation in the case, claiming that even the Court had expressed satisfaction over the probe.
 Parrikar, who is also State Home Minister, said that notice has been issued to Interpol to get Visa details of Monty, nephew of the school headmistress, and the latter has been charged for destruction of evidence. 
The chief minister also admitted that police have failed to get any clue on the culprit. 
Opposition legislators including Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco and Vijai Sardesai questioned State government’s seriousness in investigating the crime, which had shocked the State. The Opposition upped the ante as even after two-and-half months police have failed to nab the culprit. 
Lourenco said that action needs to be initiated against the investigating officers for failing to nab the culprit, but Parrikar charged the Opposition for politicising the issue and claimed that they are not concerned about the case. 
The chief minister told the Assembly that the court in its judgement responding to the petition filed by victim’s father seeking justice has expressed satisfaction over the investigation. He, however, said that the police are yet to succeed and the accused is still at large. The chief minister said that the investigating team had explored all the leads to track down the accused. 
“Police went house-to-house with the sketch prepared on the basis of information given by the victim. But nobody from Vasco was able to identify him,” Parrikar said. 
Speaking about Monty, the chief minister said that as per the information sought from Airports Authority and Immigration, Monty did not land in Goa around the date of the incident. 
Earlier, Reginaldo brought to the notice of the House that the family was in such trauma that even victim’s elder sister has stopped going to school. The legislator demanded that government should work out some modalities for the rehabilitation of the family. 
The chief minister said that State government has made all possible efforts to help the victim’s family. “Counselling has been given to the victim and even a special officer has been appointed to coordinate with the family,” he said. [H]