Panaji: Goa lawmaker Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserratte, accused of trafficking and raping a minor girl, was arrested on Thursday.
Monserratte, accompanied by his wife and few supporters, reached the crime branch office in the afternoon. “I have not done anything wrong. The complaint is totally false and bogus. This is just to frame me. Nothing more than that,” he told reporters before surrendering.
The 16-year old girl in her statement to the police alleged the MLA bought her from her stepmother and raped her more than once “The girl in her statement before Child Welfare Committee of state-run Apna Ghar (protective home) has claimed that Monserratte had purchased her from her stepmother,” a senior police official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
The MLA has been booked for rape, for trafficking and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Goa Children’s Act.
Monserratte, a former education minister expelled from the Congress, denied all the charges saying he hired the girl to work at his showroom.