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Goa CM On Gang-Rape: Minors Shouldn’t Be Out Late At Night. WTF?

July 29, 2021 | by Ritu Sanghvi
FI Woman Raped By Four Men

Let’s all agree that Goa has been and is one of the coolest party destinations in the country. It is that one go-to place for everyone – especially teenagers. And why wouldn’t it be? From the gorgeous long beaches to the serene vibes of greenery – Goa has it all. But recently it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons – thanks to Goa’s CM Pramod Sawant. His comment on two minor girls being beaten and gang-raped is unexpected and speaks volumes about the patriarchal notions that continue to prevail, despite vociferous protests. 

Recently, two minor girls were beaten and gang-raped by four men during the early hours of Sunday. This horrifying incident took place on Benaulim beach in Goa. And CM Pramod Sawant’s reaction was nothing short of digusting.

Goa CM Pramod Sawant was highly criticized in the news around the country for stating that no teenager should spend the entire night on the beach. He even added, “I want to point out that of the 10 youth who went to the beach for a party, four stayed there the whole night…two boys and two girls.” Instead of finding the culprits of the gang rape, he was seen questioning minors as to why they were out so late at night.


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Those who heard about this were outraged and asked Goa CM Pramod Sawant to do his job rather than blame the gang-rape victims. And the outrage by the citizens and parents is well justified.

Honestly, I can’t believe that the Goa CM Pramod Sawant had victims of gang rape to blame for this incident. Seriously? Why does this country feel safer for rapists than the survivors? Staying out late, wearing short clothes, roaming with men, etc. are not reasons for women to get raped. Absolutely nothing is a reason enough for a woman to get raped. It is not a woman’s fault but the mentality of the men who treat women as mere sex objects and don’t have the capability to see them as anything more. If the ones who are supposed to protect us start blaming us, then do survivors even have a chance for justice? 

Ritu Sanghvi

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