The Arguments on the petition filed by the father of the 7 year old Vasco rape victim today commenced before Judge Anuja Prabhudesai of the Children’s Court. The arguments which were inconclusive will continue on 26th February.
Arguing on behalf of the victim’s father, Adv. Aires Rodrigues submitted that though a month has elapsed the police have failed to nab the alleged rapist and have also not booked the school headmistress Sharlet Furtado, Class teacher Deesha Kavathankar along with the head clerk Brazina Godinho for destroying vital crucial evidence after the young girl was raped.
Adv. Rodrigues further submitted that the police had failed to carry out any investigation worth the name to apprehend the culprit who had committed a gross crime against the innocent child and that the school staff who had intentionally destroyed the evidence. .
Adv. Rodrigues sought that the Court directs the police to register an FIR against the Headmistress, teacher and the head clerk for offences of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence after the rape. Adv. Rodrigues also urged the Court to direct the police to register an F.I.R against the MPT official Suresh Shirwadkar for offering him a draft of Rs five lakhs to hush up the case. Adv. Rodrigues while seeking directions to the police to expeditiously investigate the case sought that the Court monitors the investigation so that the perpetrators of the heinous crime are speedily brought to justice. Adv. Rodrigues drew the attention of the Court that the 7 year old girl was raped around 10.30 am in the toilet of the School where she was studying in the second standard and that the police were informed only three hours later while the school staff washed away all the evidence.
Adv. Rodrigues also submitted to the Court that the victim received medical attention only eight hours after she was brutally raped while the girl received counseling only 15 days later.
Public Prosecutor Sarojini Sardinha submitted to the Court that the child was given a bath after the rape to avoid any infections. The Public Prosecutor however could not satisfy Judge Anuja Prabhudesai when questioned as to why there was a delay of three hours by the school in informing the police about the rape.