Goa woman booked, held on charge of assaulting Nepali national

Panaji, April 25 (IANS) A Goa woman was booked and arrested on charge of assaulting another woman, who was later identified as a Nepal national.

Police later said the accused was arrested but subsequently released on bail.

The action was taken after the National Commission for Women on Saturday tagged the state police on Twitter, urging them to probe the assault reported in North Goa district last week.

“The NCW has come across a Facebook post, wherein a few north-east girls were brutally attacked, abused by a lady and her daughters living at the police colony, Porvorim, Goa. Further alleged that the local police did not file any complaint, but instead threatened them to refrain from registering any complaint,” the Commission tweeted.

While the incident occurred on April 17, it caught NCW attention only after the video clip of the assault went viral on the social media on Saturday.

In the clip, a woman is seen assaulting the victim in an open area in Porvorim, a Panaji suburb. A police official claimed that it was found that the victim was Nepalese and not from any north-eastern state.

“The accused was objecting to the victim going out on an evening walk, which led to the fight. There is no racist angle to this incident,” a police official familiar with the investigation said.

The accused was booked under Sections 188 (disobeying public servant), 320 (grievous hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 323 (causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.

Responding to the Commission’s tweet, Goa Director General of Police Jaspal Singh on Saturday said on Twitter: “An FIR in the matter is already registered at PS Porvorim and the accused arrested. No allegations of racism have been adduced in the complaint made by the victim. Further investigation is on. Safety of women is our top priority.”