Panaji, Apr 12 (IBNS) The Goa Police on Friday arrested a young bus driver for allegedly raping a minor on a false pretext of marrying her.
The accused identified as Mahendra Kauthankar, 25, hails from Thivim village, located five kms away from the Mapusa city in Bardez taluka.
According to the police, the accused established physical relations with the 17-year-old with a promise he would marry her soon.
He then began avoiding her even as she was taken to an isolated place in the outskirts of Mapusa where he threatened and raped her last night.
The victim's sister complained to the Mapusa police station following which a case under IPC and Goa Children's Act 2003 was registered and arrest made.
The crime incidents against women and especially minor girls have become a major cause of concern with over a dozen rape and molestation cases reported since January this year.
The rape of seven year old girl in her school at Vasco on January 14, 2013 has still not faded away from the minds of the people.
The police have till date failed to trace the whereabouts of the rapist and arrest him.
The government's main Opposition - Congress has cornered the Manohar Parrikar government over the rising incidents of crime against women in the state.
(Reporting by John Edwards)