Woman booked in Goa for sexually assaulting minor boy – a crime no one often wants to talk about

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A woman at Mapusa town near Goa has been booked for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy who was staying at her place.

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As per a complaint filed by the boy’s parents earlier this week, the 29-year-old woman sexually assaulted the boy between June 7 and September 11, informed Mapusa police station’s inspector Tushar Lotlikar, as reported by PTI.

A police official said that the boy had run away from his house at Ponda. While he was employed at a petrol pump in Mapusa town, he was staying at the residence of a divorcee woman who lived along with her three children.

A few days ago, the boy returned to his home and an abnormal behavioural change was instantly noticed. He was then referred to the state-run Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (IPHB) near here, the official said.

During the counselling session at the institute, the boy revealed that the woman in whose home he lived in, had sexually assaulted him. The Mapusa police on Tuesday registered offences against the woman under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act and Goa Children’s Act.

“We have summoned the woman at the police station tomorrow following which we will decide the future course of action,” the official said.

Globally there have been several such instances reported where, in a reverse, the women have dawned the role of a molester/child sex abuser, however, in India we do not yet see much media reporting of such prevailing cases in the society.

As reported by New York Daily news in August this year, Female guards at a Bronx juvenile detention center in New York sexually assaulted young male detainees, plying the boys with booze, candy and promises of special privilege

An excerpt from a blog by Anna North, American Journalist, in 2009 read as below :

Women can exert power and express aggression too, and viewing sexual abuse as solely a tool of the patriarchy may prevent some victims from getting help. Stereotyping women as nurturing and men as dangerous isn’t just bad for men (every dad on the playground becomes a potential rapist) and women (every mom is expected to be an angel), but for children too.

We need to be able to recognize when they are at risk from the women in their lives, and protect them from abuse even when it comes from unexpected places. Sexual abuse is often linked with violence against women, and while the two are frequently connected, we need to be aware of violence by women as well. Assuming every woman is a saint does no one any favors.

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