A young woman in Goa's popular tourism-friendly coastal belt went viral today after the victim, a Mumbai-based sculptor Durga Gawde, uploaded a video of the attack on social media. He was riding her scooter in North Goa's Saligao village, which lies close to the popular Calangute beach stretch when she had an altercation with a local who went on to assault her as passersby watched on. The accused, Brian Franco was arrested and released after four days, but in a campaign which Gawde has started on social media, the victim says the accused was let off easily. Gawde also said that the accused passed lewd remarks at her at the police station, where the duo later went after the assault, in front of police officials.
The complaint filed at the Saligao police station states that Franco later stalked her, pushed her bike and assaulted her physically. The accused has been booked under sections 354 (outraging modesty) and 354 d (stalking) 323 (causing hurt voluntarily), 504 (breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code.