Vasco rape case – Father to proceed on indefinite hunger strike from today


The father of the Vasco school girl, who was raped in a school premises on January 14, has decided to proceed on an indefinite hunger strike from February 13 onwards in front of the school at Headland-Sada in order to seek justice from the state government and the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) authorities, who have failed to initiate action against the staff members of the school for destroying evidence. The state authorities have also failed to arrest the culprit involved in the rape case. Addressing a press conference in Vasco on Tuesday, the father of the rape victim announced that he will go on an indefinite hunger strike from the morning of February 13 onwards by sitting at the entrance gate of the school at Headland-Sada. He said that the state government has failed to take proper action against the headmistress, class teacher and the head clerk of the school, who, he said, are responsible for destroying the evidence in the rape case. He said that despite the assurances given by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar and the MPT chairman, Mr P Mara Pandiyan to initiate action against the staff members within eight days, nothing has been done. He further said that the time limit has elapsed but no action has been taken as yet by the authorities. He also said that the MPT authorities even tried to give him a draft of Rs 5 lakh to hush up the case and demanded that those responsible be punished for the act. [NT]