Cong Wants Parulekar Removed From Goa Cabinet Over Gangrape Remark

Cong Wants Parulekar Removed From Goa Cabinet Over Gangrape Remark

Goa Congress has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking removal of state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar from the state cabinet over his controversial remarks on gangrape of two Delhi-based women here.

"We condemn the recent extremely insensitive statements made by the BJP-led government's Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar with respect to gangrape in Goa," the letter by Durgadas Kamat, secretary of Goa Pradesh Congress committee, says.

Two Delhi-based women, holidaying in Goa, were allegedly waylaid and raped by five men last week. All the five were later arrested.

"His statement that such stray incidents are bound to take place in a busy tourist destination like Goa, only goes on to show that even the Tourism Minister does not have confidence in the Home Minister and his administration to prevent such incidents," the letter stated.

Does the Minister want to say that such heinous crimes are the order of the day? This only goes to show that the BJP and its ministers are driving Goa towards a state of chaos and crime, the Congress leader said.

His outrageous statement that the boys are 'nadaan' (naive) and they have small crimes registered against them...This will not happen in future, only goes on to show that he considers crime against women as petty, Kamat said.

"The lawmaker is seemingly unaware of the law of the land, which considers such vicious crimes very seriously," the GPCC office-bearer said.

His statement also shows that the minister is not at all concerned about the safety and security of our tourists, which will only drive tourists away and hamper the tourism industry, which in turn would have a telling effect on the economic health of the state, Kamat said.

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