'Can't Post a Cop for Every Girl to Ensure Safety': Goa Minister

"Is it possible to post a policeman behind every girl for her safety?" asked Govind Gaude, Goa's art and culture minister.

Panaji: Hours after Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said his statement on a recent incident of gang rape was taken out of context, art and culture minister Govind Gaude said it was not possible to post a policeman for the protection of every girl.

“It is not that the government is shying away from its responsibility. But it is equally the responsibility of parents to know where their children are going and whether they are permitted to stay at someone’s place,” Gaude said, speaking to reporters.

“Parents suffer the most in the end. Is it possible to post a policeman behind every girl for her safety?” he asked.

Earlier in the day, chief minister Sawant, who is under fire for questioning why the two teenage rape victims were out on a beach late at night, said his statement was taken out of context.

“Both as the head of a responsible government and father of a 14-year-old daughter, I was deeply pained and disturbed. The pain of this incident is inexplicable,” the chief minister had added.

The Pramod Sawant government is under attack for three rape cases within a week hit headlines in the state. In the latest incident, a 25-year-old Assamese woman claimed that she was raped for three days by two persons who had called her to Goa on the pretext of a job. Two people have been arrested by the Goa Police in South Goa’s Quepem in connection with the matter.

In another case, a 19-year-old girl was raped by truck drivers in the Ponda sub-district. Earlier, two minor girls were gang-raped on Benaulim beach on Sunday, PTI reported.

(With PTI inputs)