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Goa speaker stops CM from reading out gang rape details

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Panaji: Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar was on Thursday stopped by Speaker Rajendra Arlekar from reading out graphic details of the alleged gang rape of a widowed housemaid by eight persons, including a police constable, in the state legislative assembly.

As Parsekar began reading out in English the details of the July 29 gang rape of the 30-year-old native of Belgaum district in Karnataka, including explicit portions, independent legislator Vijai Sardesai objected.

“I think this incident is too grotesque…Goa Police have not arrested the five accused persons yet. You have not arrested them and instead you are reading this,” Sardesai said.

Earlier, Parsekar narrated the details that led to the alleged gang rape at a flat in the Old Goa area near Panaji by main accused Manguesh, a policeman and others.

Intervening in the matter, Speaker Rajendra Arlekar said, “If you have taken action, tell us that; please do not go into the details.”

Four persons have been arrested in connection with the gang rape, while police constable Nagesh Khandeparkar has been suspended, the chief minister said.

Parsekar told the Goa legislative assembly that while the victim claimed she was raped by eight persons, police investigations revealed that four persons raped her twice.

(IANS)

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Goa CM to Appoint Scientific Agency to Study Phenomenon of Beach Erosion

awant said that efforts by governments in the past, including building of concrete walls to prevent erosion

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The agency once recruited, Sawant said, would advice the state government on remedial measures to be undertaken in order to arrest beach erosion. Pixabay

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that a scientific agency would be soon appointed to study the phenomenon of beach erosion which washes away beach stretches across Goa’s coastline every monsoon.

“I cannot assure you that it will be done within the next six months. It may take some time, but the government will get down to taking the agency on board as soon as possible,” Sawant told the Goa Assembly during Question Hour, as MLAs across party complained of sand erosion on Goa’s beaches every year.

The agency once recruited, Sawant said, would advice the state government on remedial measures to be undertaken in order to arrest beach erosion.

Goa, CM, Beach Erosion
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that a scientific agency would be soon appointed to study the phenomenon of beach erosion which washes away beach stretches across Goa’s coastline. Pixabay

Sawant said that efforts by governments in the past, including building of concrete walls to prevent erosion, were not proving to be effective.

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“The ‘rubble walls’ are proving to be more effective. We should not simply go in for concrete retaining walls. There are other options too,” Sawant said. (IANS)