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British man held for sexual assault of three blind boys

According to the complaint filed by the school, on Saturday, the accused, Murray Denis Ward,Ward “came to the school and stayed there for two-three hours”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 5, 2017 7:53 am
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A 54-year-old British national was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting three visually impaired minor boys at a school for the blind in South Delhi. Police said they are probing if any other children were sexually assaulted. Police said the accused, Murray Denis Ward, has been in India since October 2016. DCP (South) Ishwar Singh said Ward started going to the school about 10 months ago, and used to “donate things like books, etc” to children there.

“We received a call from the school on Sunday afternoon, following which we arrested Ward. In their complaint, it came to light that the children are 14-15 years old. A case has been registered under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act. Ward was produced before a city court Monday, which sent him to police custody for two days,” he said. Police said the British High Commission has been informed about his arrest.

According to the complaint filed by the school, on Saturday, Ward “came to the school and stayed there for two-three hours”. The school alleged that he “took the boys to the hostel and sexually assaulted them”. In a statement, the school said: “On Saturday, September 2, evening, our staff spotted a regular volunteer sitting in an objectionable position with a few children. Our staff asked the person to leave immediately and informed the management on phone, since the office had closed. The senior management… met on Sunday morning and, after verifying all facts, immediately informed the police. The police have since arrested the accused for child sexual abuse.”

Singh said the children had complained to a staffer about the alleged sexual assault, and a medical examination was conducted. He said Ward’s cellphone and laptop have been seized and “objectionable videos” have been found on them.

He said experts would be brought in to counsel the children, following which their statements would be recorded. The school said that the “safety and dignity” of students is its “top priority”.

“Being a charitable organisation, we depend on donors and volunteers for sustaining our activities… We trusted this volunteer, Mr Murray Dennis Ward, to do constructive work with our children. This person had offered to help our children with their studies and in improving their English communication,” said the school, adding that Ward used to visit “few times a month and had been doing good work with the children”.

According to Singh, Ward hails from Gloucestershire in the UK, and was working with a Gurgaon-based firm till April this year. “In February 2017, he suffered a paralytic attack. Since then, he has been under treatment,” he said. Police said the accused used to live in a rented accommodation in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area.

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    Shazy lin
    Sep 5, 2017 at 1:54 pm
    This is will keep happening unless a harsher punishment is met out to the criminals. Effective governance is the key .. something which neither BJP or Congress or any other party at present can deliver
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      Sg
      Sep 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm
      Please do not show any leniency just because of their white skins. British embassy will pressurise govt. agencies to release him. Just act stringently as per the law as it would have been if the perpetratore were a desi man. Law should be same for everybody. No racism here please.
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        Abdul
        Sep 5, 2017 at 10:41 am
        United Nations Report: Christian Vatican Church Policies Allowed christian Priests To Rape Children The United Nations heavily criticized the Vatican for a systematic adoption of policies allowing priests to rape and secxually abuse tens of millions of children. The devastating report published by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of a Child said the Christian Vatican church must "immediately remove" all known or suspected child abusers within the clergy. It said the Pope - Holy See had "systematically placed preservation of the re tion of the christian church and the christian offender over the protection of child victims." The Christian Vatican lied as usual that it would examine the report thoroughly.
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          Pinky
          Sep 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm
          Abdul is not your real name, ur a rss Hindu terrorist using a Muslm name. What about your fake god like Krishna doing worse things. How about ur thousands of fake babas that u worship. Hinduism is the most corrupt religion that's why India is the most corrupt country
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            Shazy lin
            Sep 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm
            And your name is Paul or feroz not pinky.. have the balls to use your real name.. you bloody Abhramic
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        2. Jaganathan Vijayakumar
          Sep 5, 2017 at 9:49 am
          All religious heads are misusing their position for doing unlawful activities. They should be published with maximum criminal punishment.
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            Abdul
            Sep 5, 2017 at 7:37 am
            In Christianity, raping children is allowed as per Bible. Jesus Christ was born when Virgin Mary was raped. Jesus raped Mary Magdalen. Now, Pope and his Christian church rape millions of kids daily in Christian church and missionary schools. Christians used to rape children of locals in Ameerica and made blacks and locals slaves and raped their kids and wives. Same they didnin South America. HItler raped Jewish kids with pope. The list goes on.
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              CallMeWhatever
              Sep 5, 2017 at 10:00 am
              Come out with your real name sanghi moron. A muslim would never say that about Mary and Jesus.
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                Shazy lin
                Sep 5, 2017 at 1:52 pm
                Use your real name you bloody Abhramic . We all know what Abhramic religions be it Islam or Christianity preach against Hinduism/ Buddhism.
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                Abdul
                Sep 5, 2017 at 10:42 am
                This is a real report. So tell me now is even United Nations stating Christian Church is a rapist organization. United Nations Report: Christian Vatican Church Policies Allowed christian Priests To Rape Children The United Nations heavily criticized the Vatican for a systematic adoption of policies allowing priests to rape and secxually abuse tens of millions of children. The devastating report published by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of a Child said the Christian Vatican church must "immediately remove" all known or suspected child abusers within the clergy. It said the Pope - Holy See had "systematically placed preservation of the re tion of the christian church and the christian offender over the protection of child victims." The Christian Vatican lied as usual that it would examine the report thoroughly.
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