British woman 'is raped by man offering beach massage' in Goa

British woman ‘is raped by man offering beach massage’ in Goa as 32-year-old former school librarian is arrested

  • The unnamed woman lodged a complaint with Indian police yesterday
  • She claimed she was raped on June 2 by a man offering massage services
  • The woman was allegedly assaulted as she lay by Sweet Water Lake in Goa, India 
  • A police official said she was with her partner at the time of the assault but gave no further details as to how the incident occurred 

A British woman was allegedly raped by a man offering massage services around Arambol beach in Goa, India, police reported today.

The woman, who remains unidentified, lodged a complaint at the Pernem police station on Monday days after the alleged incident took place on June 2.

She claimed she was raped by a man who offered her a massage as she lay beside the Sweet Water Lake, close to the popular tourist destination of Arambol beach in Goa. 

Police within hours had located and arrested 32-year-old Vincent D’Souza.

Inspector Vikram Naik said D’Souza was a former librarian who was part of a criminal group illegally offering massage services to tourists in the area. 

A Pernem police official told NDTV the woman was lounging on the shores of the Sweet Water Lake along with her partner at the time of the alleged assault, but gave no further details as to how the assault occurred.

Beach in Goa, India, is pictured. The unnamed British woman claimed she was raped by a man who offered her a massage on the beach

Within hours of the woman’s complaint, police had located and arrested 32-year-old Vincent D’Souza, a former librarian who was part of a criminal group illegally offering massage services to tourists in the area close to Arambol beach (pictured)

Both D’Souza and his alleged victim were taken to the nearby district hospital last night to undergo medical examinations.

The accused is set to appear before a local court next Monday and subsequently taken into custody.

Brits made up the second-biggest group of international tourists to Goa in 2018 – the last year of available statistics – with around 295,000 visitors.

Goa has earned a reputation among holidaymakers to India for its stunning beaches and unique atmosphere.

The region remained a colony of Portugal until the 1960s and the local culture and cuisine has been heavily influenced as a result. 

Goa is a popular destination for international tourists. Authorities caused a stir in December last year when they unveiled a statue of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in Calangute, Goa – the area remained a Portuguese colony until the 1960s

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