The former education minister of Goa, Babush Monserrate, surrendered before the crime branch today after he was accused of buying and raping a 16-year-old Nepalese girl. Until this morning, Monserrate claimed that he was innocent. He also claimed that the girl used to work in a shop owned by him and was fired for stealing


According to reports, the 16-year-old girl from Nepal told the police that she was sold to the lawmaker by her step mother and another woman she referred to as "aunty" for ₹50 lakh.
 

As reported by NDTV, she further alleged that the lawmaker spiked her drink and then raped her in his bungalow a few weeks ago.

 

"The next morning I woke up without my clothes, covered in blood, he was sitting without his clothes on," the teen told a committee that deals with protecting children.
 

“The girl’s statement was sent to the police on April 26 but the Panaji police registered a case only a week later,” officials from the committee said.