‘ST victims’ cases poorly probed’


Tribes of Goa, a federation working for the welfare of scheduled tribes in the state, has alleged that the rape of the 7-year-old Vasco student in January is the latest case where the police have failed to give justice to victims belonging to scheduled tribes.
Federation spokesperson Guru Shriodkar said two months have passed but the culprits involved are yet to be arrested. This, despite chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is also the state home minister, stating that investigations were on the right track. He said the Federation has demanded a CBI inquiry into the case.
He further claimed that in the last one year, in both, the case of Manjula Gaude from Advoi, Vante, Sattari, and the alleged suicide case of Uguem sarpanch D Gaonkar, there has been no justice for STs.
He stressed that despite tall claims by the government, investigations into cases involving STs is very poor and the poor continue to suffer.
He further alleged in a statement that the present political system is not for effective social, economic and educational development of STs in Goa.
He demanded that the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe commission take suo motu cognizance of "atrocities" on Goa's tribals. [TOI]