Tuesday, December 10, 2013

India: Local Yoga Instructor, 36, Rapes German Tourist, 33 in Goa, Foreign Women Beware

According to http://www.thelocal.de, police in the Indian holiday state of Goa arrested a yoga teacher on Tuesday (December 10) accused of raping one of his students, a 33-year-old German tourist.

Krishna Sharma, a 36-year-old from the northern Uttar Pradesh state, was arrested in the morning at Goa Airport as he was attempting to escape on an outbound flight, said police inspector Tushar Vernekar.

The rapist is alleged to have raped the German woman in her guesthouse on Monday (December 9) night.

COMMENT: Inspector Vernekar said the tourist and the yoga teacher had met at Anjuna beach in north Goa for a party. The accused afterwards offered to drop the woman at her guesthouse about 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) away, where she said he raped her.

It is NEVER a prudent idea for any woman of any nationality to agree to let a man that is not well-known to them drop them off at their accommodations. First of all, it gives valuable information to would-be assailants as to where one lives with the ability to stop back later.

Although many Indian men are very charming, all foreign women should realize that women are treated as second-class citizens in India and have one of the highest incidence of sexual assault, rape and incest in the world.

As a matter of interest, the Indian Penal Code (IPC) does not contain any specific provisions against incest. As a result, incest is not an offense. 

If the victim of incest is a minor, it is treated as a case of child sexual abuse under Section 90 of the IPC which deals with sexual abuse of children. 

Yet, Under the IPC, "there is no specific provision in the Indian law as regards to sexual abuse of children by parents or teachers.

The arrest comes after Goan police last month arrested the editor of India's leading investigative news magazine, facing a possible rape charge that could send him to prison for up to ten years, after a complaint from a colleague. 

A survey in April found the number of foreign female tourists visiting India had dropped by 35% over a three-month period following a number of rapes of both foreign and Indian women.