In an another shocking episode of violence against women in Goa, a 20-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a taxi driver near the airport in Vasco town on Thursday.
Local police said that the accused had been identified as Ravichandra Bhat. 48-year-old Bhat was arrested on Friday morning.
“When the accused found the victim walking alone on the airport road in Vasco, he offered her a lift. However, when she refused, he dragged her into the vehicle and took her to an isolated place in Vasco where he sexually assaulted her,” Vasco police inspector Nolasco Raposo was quoted by PTI.
Based on the complaint filed by the victim this morning, the accused was arrested, he addded. “Bhat runs a taxi at the airport and lives in Vasco,” Raposo said.
Sexual attacks against women have experienced a sharp rise in Goa in the recent months. Last month, the police in the state had arrested three tourists from Madhya Pradesh after they had allegedly stripped, photographed and gang-raped a 20-year-old girl in south Goa in front of her boyfriend.
Earlier this month, the police in the western coastal state of India had arrested 11 tourists from Pune after they were accused of molesting and clicking photos of a minor girl. Those arrested were identified as Ramesh Kamble, Sanket Bhadale, Krishna Patil, Satyam Lambe, Aniket Gurav, Rishikesh Gurav, Akash Suvaskar, Sunny More, and Ishwar Pangare. Two of the 11 accused were juveniles, aged 15, and they were sent to a state-run protection home, Dalvi said.
Shocking, just days later, Goa’s BJP women wing chief Sulakshana Sawant had said that the government could not provide security to every individual. She made the comments while speaking on the rise in rape cases and the gang rape of a 20-year-old girl by three tourists on a beach in Goa last month.