2008-03-07 21:53:38 UTC
More tests after Goa beach death
Scarlett Keeling. Picture: Barcroft Media
Scarlett's mother said she should have been more fearful for her
A second post-mortem examination has been ordered on the body of a
British teenager found on a beach in Goa.
Scarlett Keeling, 15, from Bideford, Devon, had been on a six-month
holiday to the Indian state with her family.
After her body was found at the resort of Anjuna on 18 February,
Indian police said the teenager drowned accidentally.
Her mother, Fiona MacKeown, believes Scarlett may have been raped and
murdered and hope the results of the tests could trigger a murder
Fiona MacKeown said: "The police need to take action and hopefully
that's what will happen.
"But if we hadn't pressed for the second autopsy, I don't think they'd
The government should be warning tourists
The British High Commission has confirmed four of 10 British deaths in
Goa this year were from unnatural causes.
"The police have even denied there have been other deaths," Ms MacKeown said.
"If I'd known that I would've been more fearful and kept Scarlett much closer."
Scarlett is reported to have been seen leaving a beach bar in the
early hours of the morning in an intoxicated state.
Map showing the location of Goa on the west coast of India
Goa's chief minister, Digambar Kamat, has defended police officers and
said foreign women should take greater responsibility for their own
"Surely if it's dangerous, the government should be warning tourists
instead of giving the impression it's a hippy paradise," Ms MacKeown
told BBC News.
She is hoping another Briton who could have vital evidence about her
daughter's death may come forward.
Ms MacKeown was told he may have witnessed Scarlett being raped, but
has since left the area because he fears for his own safety.
"I hope he'll do the right thing and help us," she said.
"The public do care and some are coming forward, but people are
frightened of the police."
No-one from the Goan authorities has been available to comment.
Ms MacKeown told BBC News that what should have been the trip of a
lifetime has now turned into a "never-ending nightmare".
"We're just about getting by, but it's not good," she said.
The Foreign Office has confirmed it is providing Scarlett's family
with consular support, but it said it could not speculate on the cause