The executive officer has been booked for sexual harassment and outraging a woman’s modesty under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code, Raposo said, adding that the offence is a non-bailable one. Nambiar, however, has not been arrested, police sources said.
When contacted, the naval spokesperson said that the Indian Navy did not want to comment on the issue. However, naval sources said that the Indian Navy has promised to conduct a “thorough investigation” and would arrive at the bottom of the issue.
“The domestic help lodged a complaint at the Vasco police station claiming that the officer attempted to molest her and tore her clothes at his residence. The officer has now filed for anticipatory bail,” Raposo said. “The officer complained of uneasiness during questioning and was first taken to Cottage hospital at Chicalim for a medical check up from where he was moved to GMC and then back to Cottage once his condition stabilised.”
Police sources said that according to the complainant, on Tuesday around 8am, the office grabbed her while she was working at his residence, pushed her on the bed and outraged her modesty.
The maid then managed to run away and narrated the incident to another maid working at another officer’s bungalow, police said, adding that both of them then approached Naval police, who did not take any action. The two then approached Vasco police.
The alleged crime occurred at the executive officer’s residence at the Naval Officers Residential Area (NOFRA), police said.
“The anticipatory bail application will come up for hearing on Thursday,” Raposo said, adding that further details could not be divulged till the investigation was over.
Nambiar has been posted at INS Hansa for a while, where he serves as the executive officer to the commanding officer of the naval airbase.
INS Hansa is an Indian naval air station located at Dabolim. The navy operates the MiG 29K fighters along with maritime reconnaissance aircraft from the airbase, which also has a civil enclave for Goa International Airport.