A social worker and woman advocate Diya Shetkar has approached the Goa police with a criminal complaint against one Swapnil Parab, resident of Pernem accusing him of outraging the modesty of a woman, criminal conspiracy, stalking, criminal intimidation, common intention, and using the internet and social media to defame her and outrage her modesty.
Speaking to media persons at a Press Conference in Panaji, Adv Diya Shetkar said: I am an advocate by profession and a social worker. I run an NGO by the name of Nari Adhikar which is active in the Shiroda area. For the last few days one person by the name of Swapnil Parab has been chasing and stalking and hounding me – he first met me saying that he has some legal/social matter and needed my help. Yesterday, I found out that the said Swapnil Parab has circulated the print screens and images of some very defamatory and personal fake what’s app messages and chats which he falsely claims have been sent by me to him. Since I have not sent such messages, I approached first the Cyber Crime police station and then the Ponda police station with written complaints. Both the PI’s at the above mentioned police stations had a very laid back attitude and only told me that they will look into my complaint and decide after reading it and studying it.
As per the law and as per several Supreme Court rulings, when a woman approaches a police station with a cognizable complaint, an FIR has to be registered immediately. In my case, the accusations are very serious in nature. I have told the police in my written complaint that some rival politicians are behind this character assassination and this act of Swapnil Parab has been mastermind and directed by some rival politicians. There is a big criminal conspiracy behind all this and two or three big politicians from Goa are involved, yet the police say they are “studying my case” instead of registering an FIR immediately. The police can add additional “sections” later on if required, but registration of FIR is required immediately in case of a cognizable complaint,” Shetkar told media persons in Panjim.