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In image, Goa CM Pramod Sawant
On Sunday evening, four men allegedly gang-raped two minor girls in Benailium of Goa and extorted money from them. There were two other minor boys present in that situation who acted as witnesses. The four accused - Asif Hateli, Rajesh Mane, Gajanan Chinchankar, and Nitin Yabbal - were arrested by the police.
However, within days of the crimes, the Chief Minister of the BJP-led state, Pramod Sawant remarked upon the parenting, which allowed four fourteen years olds to remain on the beach overnight. His remark distinctly hinted at victim-blaming and made it seem that the teenagers and their parents handled them being raped, just because they spent the night on the beach with their friends.
This has brought a lot of heat from the opposition. Altone D'Costa, the Goa Congress spokesperson, said that the condition of law and order in Goa has deteriorated if law-abiding citizens of the state had to fear roaming around at night.
The Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai has termed the statement by the Chief Minister "disgusting", mentioning that the police and the government handle the security of the citizens, and if the CM cannot provide it, he should not hold that post.
Rohan Khaunte, an independent MLA from Goa, finds it "shocking" that Chief Minister has blamed the parents for the crimes committed on their children, and has tweeted that the tag of Goa being safe for women is now being changed by its current BJP government.