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Goa Cong leader revealed molestation, sex abuse victims'

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

A police complaint was lodged by an NGO against for allegedly revealing the identities of two molestation and sexual abuse victims.

Savera, a state-based NGO, in its complaint, has alleged that Coutinho had gone to the house of a molestation victim, a minor, last week and then released pictures and other details of her visit on

The complainant, Tara Kerkar, also stated that Coutinho had, earlier, presented to the media another victim of sexual abuse at a press conference the latter had held.

The NGO's complaint was lodged at here and a said it was being examined.

Kerkar said that Coutinho was a herself and was well aware of the legal provisions in cases connected to molestation and sexual abuse.

However, when contacted, Coutinho claimed that the sexual abuse victim had herself consented to face the camera as she wanted to set an example for other women.

"I had not asked the victim to face the camera. She did it on her own. The victim wanted to set an example that girls should be exposing the perpetrators of these crimes," Coutinho said.

In the case of the molestation victim, Coutinho denied that she had revealed the minor's identity. "I met her in a closed room," she claimed.

Coutinho said her pictures, clicked alongside the minor victim's mother, were for "personal purposes".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 20:10 IST
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