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Vasco Rape Case: Child identifies rapist in Head-Mistress family picture

The seven-year old survivor of the gruesome incident on January 14th at the Deep Vihar School managed by the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) that occurred inside the toilet of the school premises has identified the rapist in a photo-identification exercise conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI). Incidentally and also lending further credence to the suspicion of the family and their case filed in the Children’s Court, the girl has identified the rapist in a family photograph of the head-mistress shown to her.

This exclusive information was revealed to GoaChronicle.com by the father of the survivor who told the GC team, that the girl was shown a total of 12 different photographs. One of the photograph was the family photograph of the head-mistress Sharlett Furtado wherein the child identified the rapist in the photograph.

When further questioned on whether the child identified the Head-Mistress son, the father revealed that he was not present during the exercise to confirm whether it was the son Ashville Furtado or nephew Monty M Sanchez who are both allegedly involved in the incident, but what is known from his daughter post the exercise is that she recognized the rapist in a photograph wherein the Head-Mistress and other family members were there.

GoaChronicle.com spoke to senior CBI officer of the Goa-Unit who confirmed that they have been making progress on the case diligently and are exploring all the angles to the case. Though not willing to go on record, the officer did state that their appears to be a mishandling of the case from the local police. He however did confirm that a photo-identification was conducted of possible suspects with the girl.

Goa government decided to hand-over the case to CBI because the local Crime Branch failed to nab the rapist in the case even after several months of investigations. The family through its lawyer Aires Rodrigues had also taking the matter to Court, wherein it was demanded that the Head-Mistress of the school be tried for destruction of evidence along with the Class teacher and Head-Clerk.

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