Courts remands Goa MLA accused of rape to four more days' police custody

A local court on Thursday extended by four days the police custody of Goa MLA Atanasio Monserrate, accused of 'buying' a minor girl and repeatedly raping her.

IANS May 12, 2016 16:22:15 IST
Courts remands Goa MLA accused of rape to four more days' police custody

Panaji: A local court on Thursday extended by four days the police custody of Goa MLA Atanasio Monserrate, accused of 'buying' a minor girl and repeatedly raping her.

The court also extended the custody of the girl's mother by a similar duration.

Courts remands Goa MLA accused of rape to four more days police custody

Goa police. FIle photo. AFP

The woman is accused of selling her minor daughter to Monserrate in March through an alleged pimp Rosy Ferros, who too has been arrested.

Monserrate, a former minister, was arrested on 5 May on charges of drugging and raping the girl after buying her for Rs 50 lakh from Ferros.

All three are currently in Crime Branch custody, while the girl is housed in a children's home.

Monserrate was elected to the assembly on a Congress ticket in 2012, but sacked after he allegedly started hobnobbing with the BJP leadership. He is presently an unattached MLA.

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