Groped in arambol by Buddha Village staff

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I am posting this as a word of caution to female travelers going to arambol. While I was staying at the beach shacks at buddha hut in arambol, I was groped by what they claim is not a member of there staff, but what I have to ask is why was he cleaning up the trash and empty bottles right next to by hut door and next to the bathrooms if he was not staff and not a guest. While the groping in india is in no way ok, it should certainly not happen as i am trying to walk into my room. Please all women do not stay at Buddha hut.
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Hi

The guy could have been a ragpicker/scrap collector.

I dont have much experience of Buddha Huts, but chances of a staff member groping a guest are very very remote at almost all hotels/shacks/etc in Goa. Their economy depends on tourists feeling safe.


It doesn't excuse the staff's response to the situation, I assume the response was not what you expected.

Will pass this onto a few female friends who had been planning a trip to Goa and if I remember correctly Buddha Huts was an option they were contemplating
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Originally Posted by ceepps View Post what I have to ask is why was he cleaning up the trash and empty bottles right next to by hut door and next to the bathrooms if he was not staff and not a guest.
Did you ask the hut management about this?

Possibly a rag picker/garbage collector.
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Sadly I have to concur with the above two posts. These guys come in from out of state and scratch a living collecting rubbish for re-cycling/re-sale and sometimes helping themselves to things they shouldn't, be it belongings or foreign ladies wobbly bits!

What is sadder is the typical Goan attitude to these minor (or major) sexual assaults. Quite frankly, if it doesnt directly affect them or their lives, they dont give a damn.

Despite a bit of bluster on occasion, it is why paedophilia survives and thrives there, especially involving big-spending foreigners.
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I am now back in arambol and I am sad to say I was wrong on the name it is Buddha village not Buddha hits but as I can see look out for Buddha hut or buddha village








Thread title has been edited to reflect the corrected hotel name.
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I did at the time talk to the owner and he basically called me a liar and said it did not happen because this man said it did not.
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Ceepps, this attitude to groping (I would call it sexual assault) appears all to common and should be challenged on every occasion. The mans employment or not is irrelevant, the staff have a duty to monitor their premises. No ifs no buts no excuses what happened is unacceptable.....period.
Everybody is somebody's weirdo.
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Originally Posted by wokewy View Post Ceepps, this attitude to groping (I would call it sexual assault) appears all to common and should be challenged on every occasion. The mans employment or not is irrelevant, the staff have a duty to monitor their premises. No ifs no buts no excuses what happened is unacceptable.....period.
Fully agree.......in principle. But with your experience of how things are done in Goa, what do you think she should have done/
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She did exactly what she should have done i.e make it public and force people to acknowledge it and discuss it. Maybe, just maybe these types of issues will be seen for why they are. The fact that this happened in Goa should not mean that it should be seen as normal behaviour and accepted.
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Originally Posted by wokewy View Post She did exactly what she should have done i.e make it public and force people to acknowledge it and discuss it.
She complained to the manager.
He called her a liar.
She could have called the police
They would have called her a liar.
And then demanded a bribe.
Because the locals believe foreign women bring it on themselves....



You haven't been to Goa, have you?
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Sadly, this sort of thing is not uncommon and also happens outside Goa.
My daughter was 'felt up' twice while we were in Karnataka, once from behind while she was standing next to me. On reflection, she was probably wise not to tell me at the time because I might have got in trouble with the police for assault!
We met another female traveller who had also had such an experience.
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post Because the locals believe foreign women bring it on themselves....
You haven't been to Goa, have you?
Unfortunately, one does not need to be in Goa to experience this, it is true for mostly whole of India.
If you find my posts confrontationist, please bear, I am an old frustrated guy who has nothing better to do than sit on rocking chair and curse the world whole day
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post She complained to the manager.
He called her a liar.
She could have called the police
They would have called her a liar.
And then demanded a bribe.
Because the locals believe foreign women bring it on themselves....



You haven't been to Goa, have you?
I shall make a point of visiting then I will have an excuse to see such behaviour as normal and tell others to in effect "ignore it, this is normal". Silly point of view really.
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Originally Posted by wokewy View Post I shall make a point of visiting then I will have an excuse to see such behaviour as normal and tell others to in effect "ignore it, this is normal". Silly point of view really.
You got that right

Would love to be there when you "make it public and force people to acknowledge it and discuss it."

We are talking about the real world?
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Unfortunately, terrible stereotypes about foreigners are popular in India. I'm India and my ex GF was German, and it was really annoying to listen opinions of people around me.

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