Advocate Aires Rodrigues appearing on behalf of the family of the Vasco rape survivor, submitting a copy of a video testimony of the seven-year old girl, told the Sessions Court that the child has identified ‘Monty’ as the rapist and the head-mistress’ son as the friend who was along with him, not on the day of rape incident (January 14th), but four days before.
Further the elaborating of the evidence provided, Rodrigues impressed on the need for the court to direct the police to investigative and question the these two identified suspects.
The advocate appearing for the Goa Police explained to the judge that police investigations have revealed that ‘Monty’ is indeed a nephew of the Head Mistress (he is her brother’s son), but on the said day of the incident Monty was not in India or Goa, as his passport details show that he has not traveled to India around that time. On presenting the investigation of the involvement of the Head Mistress’ son, the prosecution stated that on the day of the incident January 14th, the boy was in Goa but in Velim with his Uncle. This however, was countered by the family advocate who stated that we have not said that the Head Mistress’ son was present on January 14th, but was with the alleged rapist Monty on one of the four occasions that he met with the rape survivor.
Commenting on the video which was early presented to the Crime Branch, the prosecution advocate stated that we need to understand under what environment this video has been made, as it has been made in two parts on two different occasions, implying that the child could be lead to make such statements.
It was interesting to note that the government prosecution appeared to have strongly defended the accused (head mistress) in the negligence case vehemently.
Judge Anuja Prabhudesai hearing both arguments have decided to set a date for the order on March 4.