Goa speaker stops CM from reading out gang rape details

Panaji, Aug 6 (IANS) 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.

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