Goa molestation scandal: Parents had sought woman swimming coachAfter a minor girl accused Goa chief swimming coach of molesting her, the leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat warned State Sports Minister of possible consequences, if the state government did not appoint a female coach for the training of girl swimmers.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service PanajiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 13:50 IST Goa chief swimming coach Surajit Ganguly has been accused of molesting a minor girl. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChief coach of the Goa swimming team has been accused of molesting a minor girlAccused Surajit Ganguly was arrested by Goa police on SundayThe Swimming Federation of India has also banned the swimming coachWas the Goa government and the Goa Swimming Association aware of the alleged sexual harassment of girl swimmers by the arrested chief coach Surajit Ganguly, much before the video, which shows him allegedly molesting a minor swimmer that went viral last week?According to another video clip which went viral on Sunday, Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, during the last Assembly session had warned Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar of possible consequences, if the state government did not appoint a female coach for the training of girl swimmers.”Girls are facing embarrassment and problems. There is not a single (women coach). Please keep it in mind. It is very important or tomorrow I do not not what ill-consequences it will have. I am telling you this, then you will say we were not informed. The parents are insisting on a women coach, which is very fair,” Kamat had told the state Legislative Assembly.”There are many girls who are enrolled for swimming. There are small girls. Their parents unofficially complain to us. I don’t want to take names. They want a woman coach for swimming. There is no woman coach for swimming,” Kamat is also seen telling the Assembly.Early on Sunday, Goa Police arrested Surajit Ganguly, after a 15-year-old national swimming champion accused him of molesting her.Speaking to IANS on Monday, Kamat, who also heads the Swimming Federation of India, insisted that parents of Goan girl swimmers had only informally “hinted” to him about the need to appoint women coaches for their wards.advertisement”There were no specific complaints,” Kamat said.”Parents have been hinting at me, that they require a woman coach to look after the children especially girl students. Swimming is a sport where you come in contact with the coach, whatever said and done, because of the activity. Parents feel that when girl students are there, then it is advisable to have a woman coach,” he said, adding that the government was already in the process of appointing a ladies coach after the scandal.”Chief Minister (Pramod Sawant) has assured me that this would be taken up on priority,” Kamat said.When asked if a protocol needed to be evolved to keep predators in check in sports associations in the state, Kamat said: “Who imagines that some coach or somebody will….”He also said, that parents normally do not leave the company of their children during training or even competitions.”Normally in Goa, most of the swimmers are accompanied by their parents… Either the mother is at the pool or the father is at the pool. They even accompany them for nationals (tournaments). They do not leave them alone,” Kamat said.Also Read | Goa swimming coach, accused of rape, arrested in DelhiAlso Read | Swimming Federation of India bans coach accused of rapeAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Goa swimming coach
Local civil society have raised concerns over the passage of the Provincial Councils Elections Amendment Act.The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) said it was extremely concerned by the rushed and non-transparent process followed by the government to amend the Provincial Councils Elections Act. “This amendment Act was passed by Parliament on 20th September 2017 with the support of more than two-thirds of the Members of Parliament. Due to a substantial number of committee-stage amendments that were adopted, the Act that was passed was materially different to the Bill that was gazetted (on 10th July 2017), tabled in Parliament (on 26th July 2017), and examined by the Supreme Court. The original Bill was only to provide for a quota of 30% for female candidates on the nomination papers submitted at Provincial Council elections. However, from the information available in the public domain (CPA has not seen the final Act) the Act that was passed changes the electoral system for elections of Provincial Councils and provides for a quota of 25% for women in all Provincial Councils,” CPA said. TISL is of the position that committee stage amendments should only be made insofar as the Standing Orders of parliament permit them. The standing orders contain the rules of parliamentary procedure and conduct. Standing Order 57 mentions that “the principle of the bill shall not be discussed in committee”. In this instance, an amendment to introduce a wholly new electoral system, would at the very least require a discussion of principles. In failing to adhere to this parliamentary procedure, it would seem that the legislation has been perverted to further delay elections due to the need for delimitation.Efforts to undertake progressive reforms such as the adoption of a mixed electoral system are commendable. However the public will only find out the actual details of the new electoral system once the final Act is published. If key features like a dual ballot vote are omitted, the reforms could prove regressive. Commenting on the issue, TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said, “This is the archetypal illustration of closed government in practice – despite the government being a member of the Open Government Partnership.”The law only allows for pre-enactment judicial review, that is before the Bill is debated in Parliament. Therefore appending key areas to a Bill in committee stage results in undermining a key check on Parliament.Obeyesekere added “this illustrates a significant democratic deficit and highlights the need to strictly adhere to parliamentary procedure and the need for post enactment judicial review.” (Colombo Gazette) However, it says the rushed manner in which these changes were made is contrary to the principle of representative democracy.Meanwhile, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) said it was also alarmed by the lack of consultation and procedure adopted in the passage of the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Act. In making substantial committee stage amendments, a key democratic check has been sidestepped as there is no opportunity to assess the constitutional conformity of the amendments. At the outset, CPA notes that changing the electoral system to a Mixed Member Proportional system and the introduction of a quota for women in Provincial Councils are both welcome changes.