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11 tourists arrested in Goa on charges of molesting minor siblings

The minor siblings included a 17-year-old boy and his 16-year-old sister; the tourists had come from Pune

The Hush Post: As many as 11 tourists were arrested in Goa on Wednesday on the charges of molesting and harassing two minor siblings. The group of tourists had reportedly come from Pune in Maharashtra.

According to a report, the minor siblings including a 17-year-old boy and his 16-year-old sister were reportedly sitting in the North Goa located Baga beach. Their parents were having food somewhere near and the minor children were on their own.

It was at that time that a group of as many as 11 tourists started taking pictures of the minor girl. Jivba Dalvi, a cop from the Calangute police station said adding that it amounts to outraging her modesty, the report said.

“When the boy objected to the group taking photos of his sister, they allegedly slapped and beat him,” the police official said. A complaint has been lodged by the parents of the minor children.

After registering this complaint, the Calangute police immediately arrested all the accused before they could flee from the state, the report said.

As per the report, two of the 11 accused are minors and are in the15-year age group. They have been sent to a state-run protection home, it was reported.

“During the course of investigation, the police recorded statements of the minor siblings in the presence of members of an NGO working for child rights,” Jivba Dalvi was quoted as saying.

“The mobile phone used to click pictures of the girl was confiscated and will be sent to a forensic laboratory for analysis,” the cop reportedly said.

On the basis of a complaint from the victims’ parents, the police have lodged an FIR and nabbed the tourists, the report said.

The FIR has been registered against the accused under sections 354 (molestation), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting) and 323 (causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and the relevant provisions of the Goa Children’s Act, the report said.

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