Advertisement slanders German
rape victim in Goa
Oct 28 (IANS) An advertisement in a daily here Tuesday has
created a controversy for allegedly defamatory references
to a minor German rape victim, and a child rights panel is
planning legal action.
English daily Herald carried the half-page advertisement supported
by 390 named individuals.
advertisement, besides identifying the victim's mother by
name, also claims that the victim was "romping with men
of older age at Goan night clubs".
Child Rights Goa (CRG) said it would take the daily to court
for violating directives from the Goa Children's Court on
not revealing the identity of the minor German victim.
advertisement is a blatant violation of the ruling given by
the Goa Children's Court. We will inform the court about the
gross violation," Audrey Pinto of CRG told IANS.
advertisment also accuses Aires Rodrigues, the lawyer representing
the victim's mother, of indulging in bigamy.
told IANS the advertisement was the handiwork of Public Works
Department Minister Churchill Alemao, whose nephew Warren
has been accused of raping the minor girl.
names of the signatories in the advertisement are bogus. It's
the handiwork of Churchill Alemao who is trying to divert
(people's) attention," Rodrigues said.
contacted, Herald editor Ashwin Tombat said: "I cannot
comment on the advertisement."
German mother, fighting for justice to her daughter, filed
a police complaint this month accusing Education Minister
Atanasio Monserrate's son Rohit of raping her daughter.