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Why Goa rape victim withdrew her complaint

November 10, 2008 17:55 IST

Justifying the withdrawal of complaint against a high profile minister's son, whom she accused of raping her minor daughter, the German mother said she was afraid that her daughter may become 'Scarlette two'.

"Since the day I have filed the complaint on October 14, life has become hell for both me and my daughter. There are allegations and counter allegations in the media and we have now realised that we have been trapped in a situation (that
is) not in our interest. We are also scared of being Scarlett II," reads the letter written and submitted by the German mother on Sunday afternoon.

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The letter had sought to withdraw her complaint against Rohit, son of Goa [Images] Education Minister Atanasio Monserratte. The German woman had complained that Rohit had raped her daughter and the police had booked Rohit based on the complaint. He was arrested almost a month after the complaint was filed.

Scarlette, mentioned in the letter, is a British teenager who was found dead on Goa's popular Anjuna Beach on February 18.  In the letter, the German mother has claimed that they were in a state of shock and depression and were scared of proceeding with the case, especially after the murderous attack on her counsel Aires Rodrigues, on the night before she was to formally register her complaint before a senior police officer.

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"We have learnt the bitter truth, that making genuine complaints against the rich and mighty is entirely counter-productive. We are constantly hounded, our names sullied, campaigns organised against us and all sorts of motives attributed to us," the letter reads.

She claimed that the victim is being treated like the accused in the entire case. "We are unable to lead normal lives and even our lives are at stake. We are crushed under the weight of the rich and mighty and are unable to beat the system," the mother stated.

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The letter further says that Goa, which was once a nice place to live, has become a hell. "In these circumstances, we do not wish to proceed with the complaint which may be treated as closed," the letter concludes.

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