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Former Goa education minister charged with buying, drugging and raping teen girl

Indians have taken to the streets to protest the exploitation of women in the country

By: Eastern Eye Staff

A lawmaker in India’s beach state of Goa has been charged with buying, drugging and raping a 16-year-old girl in a case which will be closely watched by anti-slavery activists as the country moves to crackdown on human trafficking. Atanasio Monserrate, an independent legislator in Goa’s assembly, was detained on Thursday after the teenager told police she was sold to him by her mother and another woman. The former Goa education minister may be one of the first Indian lawmakers to be charged under recently enacted human trafficking legislation, said police on Friday. “We have charged him with various offences.…

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