‘Police refused to register sexual assault complaint’
The outgoing chairperson of Goa State Commission for Women Ezilda Sapeco has alleged that Panjim women police station did not entertain a complaint of an alleged sexual assault victim on Monday night.
A woman victim was reportedly denied immediate relief when she approached the women police station on Monday night complaining that some labourers exploited her sexually. The victim is a migrant and lives on the footpath near Panjim market.
When Sapeco was informed about the case she visited the police station only to see that merely two lady constables were on duty. She alleged that the police initially refused to entertain the complaint. The Panjim police inspector was then requested to intervene in the case and he immediately directed that police look out for the culprits.
“Better and more responsible police officers should man the women’s police station who are responsive and sensitive to women’s issue…” Sapeco, whose five year tenure ends on Thursday, said.
The chairperson has decided to submit a report, detailing her experience at the women police station to the Director General of Police Kishan Kumar. SP O P Kurtarkar, when contacted said they have not received any specific complaint but will verify the allegations. [H]