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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 Acknowledges Drop in Tourist Arrivals

Goa is one of the top beach and nightlife destinations in the country and last year attracted more than seven million tourists, out of which half a million were foreigners

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Goa has the potential to become the Venice of the East if it taps its intricate network of inland waterways for commuting. Wikimedia Commons

Tourists arrival in Goa is on decline, acknowledged Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar here on Wednesday and underlined the need to work out solutions to address the issue.

“There is a drop in tourist arrivals in Goa and it needs to be looked into seriously,” Ajgaonkar told reporters after chairing the meeting with the industry stakeholders in Panaji.

“The problems identified will be looked into jointly after taking into confidence all the tourism associations and stakeholders,” the minister said.

Travel and tourism industry stakeholders are expected to submit a comprehensive report on issues affecting tourist arrivals, an official said.

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Goa. (Wikimedia Commons)

Industry stakeholders have cried hoarse trying to draw the government’s attention to dropping tourist footfall over the past few years, and blaming the Tourism Ministry for not doing enough to promote the state.

At the meeting, industry stakeholders, led by Travel and Tourism Association of Goa president Savio Messias, urged Ajgaonkar to address the issues plaguing the industry like harassment of tourists, nuisance caused by organised begging at tourist locations, unreasonable taxi charges by local operators, and the high goods and services tax (GST) rate.

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Ajgaonkar assured that his ministry would review the marketing strategy to promote Goa as a tourism destination more efficiently.

Goa is one of the top beach and nightlife destinations in the country and last year attracted more than seven million tourists, out of which half a million were foreigners. (IANS)