Panaji: After facing a backlash over his statement on gang rape case, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said his statement was taken out of context and also added that “safety of minors has to be a shared responsibility.”
Sawant said that his statement about the unfortunate incident was taken out of context.
“Both as head of a responsible Government and as a father of a 14 year old daughter, I was deeply pained and disturbed. The pain of this incident is inexplicable,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that at no point he had tried to deny the right to security provided by the law. “Goa Police has been a truly professional force especially when it comes to security of women and children. They have already acted swiftly and arrested the accused, and let me assure you that I shall ensure that the culprits get the most stringent punishment under the law,” he added.
Sawant said “the safety of our citizens is always my government’s top priority.”
“Safety of children especially the minor ones has to be a shared responsibility. Our right to security has to be strengthened further with more cautiousness. Children, especially minors, need guidance of their elders,” he said.
The chief minister said that there is a curfew imposed in the State, and people are restricted at public places. “So, when I spoke about a shared responsibility for minor children, it was out of concern, care and love for my fellow citizens and our children,” he added.
“We all love our kids. Being the Chief Minister my feeling of concern is extended to all the children of Goa,” Sawant said.
He added that both as an individual and as the CM he can never ever directly, indirectly or remotely hurt the sentiments of my fellow citizens of Goa. “I put this on record today.”
Sawant reiterated that in matters that concern the safety and security of our children, there will be no compromise. “Let there be no place for misunderstanding. Let us stand united. Let us trust each other. Let us stand united as one Goa so that all such evils can be defeated with all our might,” he said.