Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday claimed that his statement on rape of minors in the state few days back was taken out of context.
In a statement, he said he was deeply pained by the incident and would ensure that the accused in the case got the most stringent punishment under the law.
However, the Chief Minister said the safety of minors should be a shared responsibility.
“My statement about the unfortunate incident was taken out of context. Both – as the head of a responsible government and as a father of a 14 year old daughter, I was deeply pained and disturbed. The pain of this incident is inexplicable. At no point I tried to deny the right to security provided by the law. Goa police has been a truly professional force especially when it comes to security of women and children. They have already acted swiftly and arrested the accused, and let me assure you that I shall ensure that the culprits get the most stringent punishment under the law,” he said.
Stating that the safety of citizens was always his government’s priority, Dr Sawant, who also holds home portfolio, said, “Safety of children especially the minor ones has to be a shared responsibility. Our right to security has to be strengthened further with more cautiousness. Children, especially minors, need guidance of their elders.”
He said his statement of shared responsibility for minors was out of concenr, care and lover for fellow citizens and children.
”We all love our kids. Being the chief minister, my feeling of concern is extended to all the children of Goa. Both as an individual and as the chief minister, I can never ever directly, indirectly or remotely hurt the sentiments of the fellow citizens of Goa. I put this on record today,” he said.
Reiterating that that there would be no compromise in matters concerning the safety and security of children, the Chief Minister said, “Let there be no place for misunderstanding. Let us stand united. Let us trust each other. Let us stand united as one Goa so that all such evils can be defeated with all our might.”
Four men, including a driver with the agriculture department, have been arrested for allegedly raping two minor girls after beating up the boys who were with them at Belaulim Beach on Sunday.
The Chief Minister had questioned why the minors were alone late night