Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Saturday expressed regret over his earlier remarks on the gang-rape of two Delhi-based women in the popular tourist destination.
“I take my words back. If I have hurt the sentiments of people of my state or nation by the two-three words that I uttered, I take back those words,” Parulekar said.
Parulekar had on Thursday caused outrage by saying that the youths who allegedly gang-raped the two tourists were of ‘bad character’ with a history of ‘petty crimes’.
He reportedly added that such stray incidents were bound to take place in a busy tourist destination like Goa.
Five men have been arrested on charges of assaulting and raping the two women tourists.
The men stopped the women’s taxi on Monday evening in Anjuna beach village, posing as anti-narcotics police. The accused took the women and the taxi driver to a flat where they were assaulted, police said.
The driver, who was released the next morning, helped police find the women and the men accused of attacking them.
The accused were on Wednesday sent to seven days police custody.