FIR against swimming coach Surajit Ganguly for molesting 15 years old, minor swimmer
India: A rape case has been registered against the chief coach of Goa state swimming team, who was sacked after photos and a video of him allegedly molesting a minor girl emerged online.
#BREAKING – Goa police register an FIR against swimming coach Surajit for allegedly molesting a swimmer. The accused coach is absconding as for now, the police are on a lookout. | @c_mangure with more details pic.twitter.com/tY7ghWrjQg— News18 (@CNNnews18) September 5, 2019
The photos of the alleged incident had prompted Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to step in and promise stringent action against him. Earlier Rijiju tweeted, “A stringent action will be taken through Sports Authority. Firstly, it's a heinous crime of serious nature so I'll urge the Police to take stringent penal action against the coach urgently”.
This needs your immediate ATTENTION Sir @KirenRijiju . Swimming coach Surajit Ganguly is allegedly molesting 15 year old swimmer. Just saw disturbing video. Can’t share here. pic.twitter.com/NOtG5CdgO7— Vinod Kapri (@vinodkapri) September 4, 2019
I've taken a strong view of the incident. The Goa Swimming Association has terminated the contract of coach Surajit Ganguly. I'm asking the Swimming Federation of India to ensure that this coach is not employed anywhere in India. This applies to all Federations & disciplines. https://t.co/q6H1ixZVsi— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 5, 2019
Surajit Ganguly, a coach employed with the Goa Swimming Association (GSA), and originally hailing from West Bengal was sacked after a photo of him molesting a minor girl surfaced on social media. The FIR at Mapusa police station has been registered under
Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 376 (commit rape) and 506 (2) (offence of criminal intimidation) of the IPC and the relevant sections of the POCSO Act along with Section 8 of the Goa Tourism Act.
Swimming Federation of India (SFI) President Digambar Kamat said that he had sought a report from the state body about the incident. "Soon after watching the video, we immediately wrote to the Sports authority of Goa to discontinue his services with immediate effect. He was recommended after many parents requested he be allowed to train students as he was a good coach," Mr Kamat said.