'Canada advisory not based on facts', says Goa DGP

Panaji, Sep 22 (IANS): Clarifying that foreign tourists, particularly women have always preferred Goa as a favourite destination on account of safety and security, Goa Director General of Police (DGP) Jaspal Singh has said that the Canadian High Commission's advisory to its citizens is not based on facts.

“Although it is a part of an overall general advisory cautioning its citizens to be careful while visiting Delhi and Goa, however so far as it concerns Goa, it is not based on facts,” Singh said.

He said that the crime statistics also do not support the contention of the advisory. “Particularly, in the current year till September 15, there has only been one incident where a foreign women tourist belonging to the Netherlands was a victim and the accused was arrested. Similarly, in the year 2022, there were only two cases -- one relating to a Russian national and the other to a British national. In both the cases the accused were immediately arrested,” he said.

“Therefore, the Canadian advisory is not based on facts. Moreover, the high diplomatic staff belonging to various countries who visit Goa have always complimented Goa about the safe and secure environment it provides to tourists visiting Goa from all parts of the world,”Singh said.

“Significantly, the last time a crime was committed against a Canadian citizen was in 2015. Thereafter, no Canadian citizen was ever a victim of crime. It shows that this advisory is malicious, malafide and not based on facts and appears to have been issued on account of extraneous reasons,” he said.



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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai -Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 23 2023

    Keeping the advisory aside; I personally don't think the overall law and order situation in Goa is.....safe...as asserted if one is aware of the everyday news available in public domain!

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Fri, Sep 22 2023

    The "Advisory" is il-conceived, and a farce. Will a white person coming to India or to Goa be asked before being attacked (if at all) whether he is a Canadian or an American or a Russion. Like all Indians and Pakistanis look the same - and are regarded and mocked as PAKIS by racist elements, all white men look alike from whichever country they come... so the advisory is totally meaningless.

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