The mother of a British teenager, who was raped and murdered last month in Goa said on Wednesday that she was worried at the possibility of police charging her with neglect for leaving her daughter alone.
Scarlett Keeling, 15, was found dead on a beach in Goa in February, and her mother was away in the southern Indian state of Karnataka then, according to police.
"I am worried at these reports and the police is deflecting the real issue and taking the focus away by saying that I neglected my daughter which is not true," Fiona MacKeown told Reuters from Goa.
"She was not alone and was under the care of a very responsible person. The police is only trying to cover up the case and I don't have any faith in them."
A police officer said charging MacKeown for neglect was a possibility but declined to say anything more.
"There are provisions under Indian laws to charge her with neglect," said Kishan Kumar, a senior police officer handling the case.
"That is a possibility, but we are not saying anything more now".