Police Tighten Case Against Goa Lawmaker Accused Of Buying, Raping Teen

Goa lawmaker Babush Monseratte is charged with raping a 16-year-old girl. (File Photo)

Highlights

  • 16-year-old from Nepal says lawmaker spiked her drink, raped her
  • Lawmaker Monserrate says she is disgruntled former employee
  • Monserrate charged with human trafficking and rape
Panaji: The young Nepalese girl who alleged that she had been bought and raped by Goa lawmaker Babush Monserrate, had indeed been "raped" medical examination has confirmed, the police said. The lawmaker has been arrested.

The 16-year-old from Nepal told the police that she was sold to the lawmaker by her mother and another woman she referred to as "aunty" for Rs. 50 lakh. Her statement was recorded before a judge today which has greater judicial sanctity than a statement recorded by the police. 

Mr Monserrate, who was expelled by the Congress and is now an independent legislator, has been charged with human trafficking and rape in a police case.

He has denied the accusations, stating that the teen used to work in a shop owned by him and was fired for stealing Rs 4,000. 

The teen has allegedly told the police that Mr Monserrate spiked her drink and then raped her in his bungalow a few weeks ago, sometime in March. 

"The next morning I woke up without my clothes, covered in blood, he was sitting without his clothes on," the teen has told a committee that deals with protecting children.

The committee sent the girl's statement to the police on April 26, sources said, but the Panaji police registered a case only 10 days later.

She is now staying at a government-run home for children.