Mr Ramkrishna and his family have been visiting Goa on and off for decades now.
When I put the question of security of tourists in Goa, his answer based on personal experience was this.
“Goa is indeed a tourist paradise. The locals are friendly and hospitable. People keep walking all around even late nights, unlike other cities in India.
Night life for which Goa is-famous is also safe.
Problems arise when foreigners especially some women appear to become overly friendly with certain categories of persons, of the types ,Indians, especialy those with families will avoid. These foreigners either are unable to appreciate the differences in the social and cultural structures in India or are just out for fun, without realising what the consequences can be.
Many foreign men and women travel alone, no harm in itself, come with limited funds, and when the funds are exhausted take up petty work, and even in bars. Some even act as conduits for drugs.
The recent case of a teenager getting in to trouble: ” Look how she had been moving around, and landing up in a bar all by herself fully sozzled. She would be asking for trouble anywhere in the world.”
Goa Police trying to brush the matter under carpet: Yes. The Goa Police has a tough job on hand. Tourism is the money earner and they would like to keep things under wraps.
Their reaction was only to be expected.
Drugs are available in any tourist destination around the world and Goa is no exception.
Remember, many of the foreigners who seem to come only to escape pressures in their own countries. They suddenly seem to abandon many of the normal inhibitions . No wonder you have cases of drug over doses ona regular basis.”
Family members of Mr Ramkrishna agreed in toto.