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Inquiry ordered into sexual abuse of children

PANAJI: A day after police announced setting up of a child and women protection unit, Goa's Director General of Police (DGP) Amod Kanth on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the alleged sexual abuse of four children while in custody by the policemen.

"I have set up an inquiry into the incident but I do not think that sexual abuse occurred within the police station. There may have been some lapses on the part of the police and we are looking into the entire matter", the DGP said here.

Assuring that if a police officer was found "even marginally guilty" he would not be spared, Kanth said "the children were arrested in a matter of attempted theft on Sunday. They were medically examined and then produced before a juvenile justice board magistrate for remand."

If the children had been abused, they could have had a chance to say so before the magistrate, which it appears they have not done, Kanth added.

Some local dailies had carried news that Vasco police had allegedly stripped and sexually abused four boys, one of whom was physically handicapped, but Kanth said he was appalled that a newspaper could carry a story without knowing the facts.

On Monday, the Goa police had announced setting up of women and child protection unit in cooperation with NGOs and government organisations, which would include a 24-hour women's police station and a round the clock helpline. Inquiry ordered into sexual abuse of children.

Source: The Times of India


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