Drishti Special Response Services that runs the lifeguard service on Goa’s beaches has demanded that they be brought under the Essential Services Act in order to provide protection to its lifeguards from unruly beach goers who get physical.
Pointing out that in Baga-Sinquerim stretch itself, this year there were 20 incidents of assaults on lifeguard, Drishti’s Chief Operating Officer V K Kanwal also recalled the tourists from Tamil Nadu also damaged the watch tower.
Besides, five cases of assault on lifeguards occurred on the beaches of Colva, Majorda and Benaulim in South Goa, including the horrendous case of a minor boy stabbing a lifeguard after he was caught for snatching a bag from a tourist at Colva.
He said that their lifeguards are most often abused and even assaulted when they stop drunk tourists from venturing in the sea and also insist upon people swimming within the designated areas.
Kanwar argued that including lifeguards services under the first schedule of the Industrial Dispute Act would provide them protection as then an assault on lifeguard would be considered to be assault on public servant and the assailant can be persecuted under the Indian Penal Code.