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CBI to say No to Vasco ‘destruction of evidence’ case against head-mistress

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will not take up the second case filed in the Vasco minor girl rape case which pertained to the destruction of evidence as requested by Goa’s State Home Department. This was revealed to by a senior official at CBI.

This case, filed soon after a seven-year-old girl was raped during recess in the toilet of her Sada-based school in Vasco, is against the headmistress and school management, for “failing to ensure the safety of students at the school, which resulted in the rape”.

The rape occurred on January 14, 2013. Following which there was public agitation all over the Goa. With Crime Branch, failing in the case despite releasing two sketches of the accused, the main rape case was handed over to the CBI on September 11, 2013. Public outcry had also led to the second case registered.

This case is registered under IPC Sections 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (negligence) and Section 8 (1) and (10) (ensuring safe environment and safety of children) of the Goa Children’s Act.

The headmistress was subsequently arrested and released on bail.

The CBI, who have registered the main case against unknown persons, have also released a sketch of the accused with a 1lakh reward for information, interrogated 22 persons so far and conducted lie-detection tests on six persons. They have also tested the DNA and fingerprints of nine people against the same found of the accused.

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