A nine-year-old Russian girl was allegedly raped by a tourist in north Goa’s Arambol beach, police said in Panaji on Wednesday.
According to the police complaint filed by the girl’s mother at the Pernem police station on Tuesday evening, the incident happened when she was bathing in the sea at the popular Arambol beach, 45 km from Panaji.
“The girl was bathing in the sea when a person started abusing her. The girl started crying and rushed to her mother, who was on a beach bed. She told her that the man, who we suspect is a tourist named Aman, had inserted his finger inside her,” police inspector Uttam Rautdessai told IANS.
The accused fled the scene when the girl complained to her mother. The girl was later sent for medical examination to a government hospital in Panaji, which confirmed penetration.
“Late last night, after the medical examination we filed a rape complaint under Section 376 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and relevant sections of the Goa Children’s Act,” the official said.
He added that police were tracking down the accused on the basis of the description given by the mother.
“As of now, what we know is that his name is Aman and he could be staying in any of the lodgings located within a radius of three kilometres from the beach,” Rautdessai said.
Crimes against foreigners, especially Russians, have seen Goa receive a lot of media attention in recent times.
A 25-year-old Russian woman was raped by a Goan politician in December last year.
Police have also been unable to crack the mysterious death of Russian teenager Elena Sukhonova, whose mangled body was found on the railway tracks near Thivim, 25 km from here.