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Book head mistress under Section 16 of Protection of Children from Sexual Abuse Act, says Family Lawyer

Arguing the case on the rape of a seven year old girl at the Deepvihar School at Vasco, Advocate Aires Rodrigues appearing on behalf has urged the Court that the headmistress Sharlet Furtado, Class teacher Deesha Kavathankar along with the head clerk Brazina Godinho should be booked under Section 16 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Abuse Act 2012 for abetting the crime and not ensuring a safe environment for the victim and under Section 201 of Criminal Procedure Code for destroying vital crucial evidence after the young girl was raped.

The 7 year old girl was raped round 10.30 am in the toilet of the Deep Vihar School at Vasco run by the Mormugao Port Trust where she was studying in the second standard.  The police were informed only three hours later while the school staff washed away all the evidence. The victim received medical attention only eight hours after she was brutally raped while the girl received counseling only 15 days later.

Adv Rodrigues also urged the Court to direct the police to register an F.I.R against the MPT official Suresh Shirwadkar for offering the victim’s father a draft of Rs five lakhs to try and hush up the case.

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