US woman molested by cabby in Goa

A 25-year-old American woman was allegedly molested by a taxi driver at Baga on Friday night.

Calangute police said that the woman was residing at a hotel in Morjim, and had travelled from there to Baga along with a male friend, also an American national, on Friday evening.

The American nationals hired a taxi provided by the hotel, and were being driven by Prasad alias Bablo Mandrekar, 36, of Morjim. After partying at Baga, the two decided to head back to Morjim at around 11.30pm. On the way, they decided to stop at a restaurant before the Baga-Arpora bridge to pick up some food.

"The male friend got out of the cab and went into the restaurant to order the food, while the woman remained in the taxi," a police official told STOI.

While the male friend was away, Mandrekar allegedly molested the woman, police added.

"When her friend returned with the food, the woman got out of the taxi and told him what had happened. The friend confronted the driver, who started the vehicle and fled," a police official said.

Acting on the complaint, Calangute police arrested Mandrekar on charges of molestation and have taken him into custody. PI Rahul Parab is investigating the case. [TOI]