Goa Mahila Congress Chief Pratima Coutinho, deputy sarpanch of Neturlim and three others booked under POCSO, Juvenile Justice Act and Indian Penal Code for revealing identity of minor molestation on social media.
A complaint in this regard was filed against them by Shiv Sena’s Goa unit vice president Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik and Tara Kerkar of Savera -a Goa based NGO last week. The victim was allegedly molested by a man at Netravali village in South Goa district.
The FIR was lodged against state Congress’ women’s wing president Pratima Coutinho, its vice president Savitri Kavlekar, Netravali village panchayat’s deputy Sarpanch Abhijit Desai and Panch members Vitthal Gaonkar and Prakash Bhagat at the Goa Women Police Station.
Rakhi and Tara in their complaints said that Coutinho, who had visited the victim’s home in South Goa earlier this month, had posted a picture with the girl’s mother on social media, and also mentioned the mother’s name.
After filing the complaint, the police interrogated Coutinho for two hours on July 14.
A youth hailing from Jharkhand is the accused in the molestation case, registered at Sanguem police station around three weeks ago. Revealing a minor victim’s identity is an offence under the POSCO Act.