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Goa tourism minister apologises for his statement on gangrape

PTI June 06, 2015 23:30 IST

Panaji: Goa tourism minister Dilip Parulekar today tendered apology for his controversial remark about a recent gang-rape in the state.

“I am withdrawing my statement. I am apologising for it.  I didn't mean to support the rape,” Parulekar told PTI tonight.

Reacting to the gang rape of two Delhi-based girls, the minister had said it was a stray incident, and the culprits were ‘naadan' (naive/idiots). He had also said that the culprits were not Goans.

The statement evoked a sharp reaction from various quarters.Goa Youth Congress held a protest in the city this evening while NCP leader Trojano D'mello demanded resignation of the minister.

Two Delhi-based girls, holidaying in Goa, were waylaid and raped by five men on Monday night. All the five were later arrested.