Goa Police swing into action and arrest the local biker whose picture was uploaded on Facebook by tourist
PANJIM: Hours after a foreign tourist took to Facebook alleging molestation by a local bike rider, Goa Police swung into action to identify the man and arrested him after a formal complaint was filed.
A US-based woman posted on her Facebook page that she was molested by a biker while she was vacationing in Goa during the long Republic Day weekend. The incident occurred when she requested the man to drop her off at a hotel in Morjim, where she had checked in on her arrival in Goa. She wrote that he instead he took her to dark lanes to commit the offence.
Goa Police contacted the victim asking her to lodge a complaint, and simultaneously launched an inquiry to identify the man, whose photo the victim had uploaded on her FB page.
“We took cognizance of the incident based on the ordeal she had posted on her FB page and began an inquiry. We identified the man and got in touch with the victim asking her to lodge a formal complaint with the police. Soon after receiving the complaint, the Pernem police arrested the motorcycle pilot,” North Goa Superintendent of Police Chandana Chaudhary told Herald.
Interestingly, the entire communication between the woman tourist and the police department has been through the social media platform.
The accused has been identified as Isidor Fernandes of Anjuna. Pernem PI Sandesh Chodankar said the accused has been booked under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354-A (sexual harassment) of Indian Penal Code.
On her FB post, the woman had revealed that she had hired a man to drive her from Arpora night market to initially drop her off at a restaurant in Morjim where she planned on having dinner. However, she changed her mind and requested him to drop her at her hotel in Morjim ‘after finding the man to be a friendly person’.
Enroute to the hotel, the woman further wrote, things took a turn for the worse when the man started taking turns into lanes that weren’t along the route to her hotel. “The man defended himself saying he was taking a shortcut to the hotel, but it had already been 40 minutes and the hotel was nowhere in sight,” she recalled, claiming he started forcing her to get physical. She managed to get off the bike, adding that she then flung a Rs 500 note at him and ran to a busy main road. Shaken by the incident, the woman took to FB to share her ordeal and uploaded a photo of the man giving police a clue to identify him.