Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Thursday said youths who allegedly gangraped two women tourists from Delhi were of ‘bad character’ with a history of ‘petty crimes’ and added that the state government was committed to ensure safety of the tourists.
Parulekar also praised the Goa Police for their swift action and timely apprehension of the culprits involved in the gangrape.
“I regret that such an incident has happened in Goa. Those who did this were of bad character, they worked in hotels and there are cases of theft registered against them. The police acted swiftly in this case and apprehended the culprits within 6-7 hours. We condemn this incident, we keep vigil at beaches and other places to ensure safety of the tourists,” Parulekar said.
He further said that Goa is a safe place for the tourists and the recent incident of gangrape was an aberration.
“Tourists should not think that such things happen in Goa, this time was done by young boys, they were involved in petty crime even in the past. Such things will not happen on future,” he said.
Two Delhi-based women, who were travelling to the Anjuna beach in Goa in a taxi, were allegedly gangraped by five men after their cab was stopped en route.
The five accused, who posed as officers of the anti-narcotic cell of the police, have been arrested and charged with gangrape, kidnapping and robbery.