The Goa police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against a Srinagar resident for allegedly raping a Japanese tourist in August last year.
Speaking to IANS Friday, inspector Paresh Naik said the Japanese tourist said in her complaint that she was afraid of filing a complaint in Jammu and Kashmir, fearing physical harm. So, she chose to file a complaint in Goa. "We have filed a zero FIR and it has already been transferred to police in Kashmir. It is up to them to investigate the case now," Naik said.
In her complaint, the victim said the sexual assault occurred in August 2013 while she was holidaying in Kashmir. A zero FIR allows travelling victims of a crime to register their complaint at a police station outside the jurisdiction of the scene of the crime. On registration, the case is then transferred to the police station under whose jurisdiction the crime was committed.
The complaint says that the alleged rapist had posed as a trekking guide and had taken Rs.20,000 from her for an excursion during which he sexually assaulted her.