Thursday , 22 November 2018
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Sexual assault case: Apna Ghar directed to conduct further inquiry

PANAJI: Unsatisfied with the inquiry report on the alleged sexual assault on a 12-year-old boy at the state run Apna Ghar, Merces, the Directorate of Women and Child Development has directed the deputy director of Apna Ghar to conduct further inquiry and to fix responsibilities.

Sources informed that a further inquiry is needed to ascertain whether any of the employees at the Apna Ghar were in knowledge about the incident and whether there was any negligence on part of the employees.

Sources said that the inquiry report remained inconclusive as the statements of the victim boy were not taken. The victim boy, who is missing, needs to be traced and his statement has to be recorded to ascertain the facts sources informed.

It may be recalled that about three months back a 12-year-old boy who was a victim of sexual assault at Apna Ghar, Merces had gone missing from a shelter home at St Cruz where he was lodged following treatment at the Goa Medical College (GMC) Bambolim for injuries received allegedly during the sexual assault. The boy was allegedly sexually abused by another inmate at Apna Ghar, police had said adding that the accused inmate who is 18-years-old was arrested. The accused was waiting to be released from Apna Ghar after attaining 18 years, police said. Police had registered an offence under IPC section 377 and also under the Goa Children’s Act.

Police said that the incident came to light after the victim boy was taken for medical examination at the GMC for stomach pain. After examining, doctors found out that the boy was sexually abused, and later the boy also told police that it was forceful sexual abuse, informed sources.

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