PANAJI: Goa lawmaker Babush Monserrate has been charged with buying a young Nepalese girl and raping her a few weeks ago.
The police says the lawmaker, who is an independent, should be tried for human trafficking. He has denied the accusations; the police says he is likely to be arrested soon.
A 16-year-old girl from Nepal has told the police that she was sold to him by her step mother and another woman she referred to as “aunty”.
Mr Monserrate, who has in the past served as the state’s Education Minister and was expelled by the Congress, spiked her drink and then raped her in his bungalow, the teen has allegedly told the police.
“The next morning I woke up without my clothes, covered in blood, he was sitting without his clothes on,” the teen has told a committee that deals with protecting children.
She is now staying at a government-run home for children.