After facing flak over his remarks on the gang-rape of two minor girls in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has issued a clarification saying his comments were misinterpreted.
Sawant said his statement on the unfortunate event was taken out of context. Being the head of a responsible government and a father of a 14-year-old daughter, he was deeply pained and disturbed, Sawant clarified.
Reeling under the pressure of the opposition, the CM made shocking comments in the Assembly on Wednesday and said that parents need to introspect why the two girls and two boys were on the beach late at night, however, blamed the parents for allowing their children to step out. He appeared to be absolving his government and the police of any responsibility.
When 14-year-old children stay on the beach the whole night, the parents need to introspect. Parents have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their children and hinted that they should not let their children, particularly minors, out at night, Sawant, who also holds the home portfolio, said.
He was slammed by many opposition leaders. Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala had lashed out at the Goa Chief Minister, tweeting: And Chief Minister should quit and go home for such preposterous ‘pearls of wisdom!
Goa Congress spokesperson Altone D’Costa had said the law and order situation in the coastal state has deteriorated. Why should the citizens fear while moving around at night? Criminals should be in jail and law-abiding citizens should be out freely moving around, he said
On July 25, four men posed as policemen and gang-raped the two girls after beating up the boys who were with them on Benaulim beach, around 30 km south of Goa’s capital. One of the accused was a government employee.
All the four accused have been arrested.
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