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Bailancho Ekvott seeks police protection for victim

Non-government organization (NGO) Bailancho Ekvott has sought police protection for the nine-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a 55-year-old man in Mardol on February 11.
Submitting a memorandum to the Ponda police on Tuesday, following a morcha before the police station by its members, the NGO has expressed fears that the victim or members of her family maybe assaulted.
The “fears” follow a stone-pelting incident on the victim’s house that the family has lodged a complaint about with the Ponda police.

The family has complained that unknown persons pelted stones on the house late Monday night.
The complaint states that the family suspects the incident is aimed at threatening them to withdraw the case, police sources said.
Speaking to GoaChronicle.com during the morcha, Bailancho Ekvott’s convener Auda Viegas alleged that the accused’s family is using pressure tactics to have the complaint withdrawn.
Confirming that they have received the NGO’s memorandum, Ponda PI C L Patil said, “The case is under investigation and a decision to provide protection to the victim and her family will be taken if the situation arises.”
Meanwhile, Avina Naik, a daughter of the accused, has lodged a complaint with the Ponda police that Samir Surya Naik and others abused her with filthy language and attempted to assault her on Saturday, police said on Tuesday.
Police have registered her complaint under Sections 504 (abuse), 323 (intentionally hurting someone) and 352 (attempting an assault) of IPC, police added.
It may be recalled that the Ponda police arrested Krishnanath Dattu Naik, 55, residing in a village near Mardol in Ponda for allegedly rapinga nine-year-old school girl at Mardol on February 11.
Based on the statement of the victim’s grandmother, who is also the complainant, the police registered the case under Section 376 (rape) of IPC along with Section 8 (child abuse) of the Goa Children’s Act.
Meanwhile, the children’s court in Panaji on Tuesday remanded Naik to 14 days judicial custody. Police produced him before the court as his earlier police custody ended on Tuesday.

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