British woman on holiday in Goa raped and robbed near beachside on her way to her guesthouse

The woman was attacked when she was walking towards the tourist hotspot in the state, Palolem Beach, in the town of Canacona, at around 3 am on Thursday


                            British woman on holiday in Goa raped and robbed near beachside on her way to her guesthouse

A 48-year-old British tourist was reportedly raped in Goa, in the same town where an Irish backpacker was sexually assaulted and killed last year. Reports state that the woman was attacked when she was walking towards the tourist hotspot in the state, Palolem Beach in the town of Canacona, at around 3 am on Thursday, December 20, according to police.

The woman, who has not been identified yet, reportedly left her guesthouse to catch a train from Canacona railway station to Thivim, however, after the train got delayed, she decided to walk back to her accommodation alone. The guesthouse was reportedly a mile away from the station.

She was attacked as she reached Palolem Beach, which was on the way. The attacker used force on her and took her to a paddy field on the roadside. He then hit her in the eye before raping her and then robbed her of her three bags, which she was carrying at the time. Shortly after the attack, the victim took shelter with a friend nearby before reporting the incident to police officials, according to Daily Mail.



 

Police inspector Prashal Desai, on Friday morning, said that the woman had been traveling in Goa for the last three weeks and had been a regular visitor of the state for the last 10 years, according to reports.

"She had gone to catch a train from Canacona to Thivim station located in North Goa district. But, as the train got delayed, she decided to return to the place where she was staying near Palolem Beach. She decided to walk back to the guest house which is one mile away from the station," the inspector said. "On the way, she was pushed by an unknown person into the bushes and raped."



 

"He first hit her in the eyes, due to which her vision blurred for a few minutes, and then raped her. A search was launched to arrest the culprit and some suspects from the area have been rounded up. We are waiting for the medical report," Desai added. Latest reports state that a 31-year-old man has been arrested in the case.

The brutal attack comes nearly 19 months after a 28-year-old Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin was murdered in the same area and her mutilated body was found by locals in the desolate region of Devbagh. She was reportedly raped and beaten with a rock and broken bottles before being dumped on the road. One person was arrested in the case and charged with rape and murder.