British Man Caught In Delhi For Sexual Assault Of Visually-Impaired Boys

Police said Murray Denis Ward, who worked as a senior manager at a Gurgaon firm until April, was a frequent visitor to the National Association for the Blind and was a regular donor.

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British Man Caught In Delhi For Sexual Assault Of Visually-Impaired Boys

British man Murray Denis Ward has been booked for sexually abusing children in Delhi.

New Delhi:  A 54-year-old British man allegedly assaulted three visually-impaired minor boys at a hostel in Delhi. He was arrested on Monday.

Police said Murray Denis Ward, who worked as a senior manager at a Gurgaon firm until April, was a frequent visitor to the National Association for the Blind and was a regular donor.

Last Saturday, the man allegedly took three visually-impaired minor boys to a room where he sexually assaulted them, according to police. He left the room as soon as a caretaker came in. The children narrated the incident to the caretaker, who in turn, informed the senior staff at the institute. A complaint was filed on Monday. Police will take the help of a child psychologist to speak with the boys who raised the complaints.

Authorities will also speak with other children at the National Association for the Blind, which houses and educates around 170 visually-impaired students.

"The arrested British national Murray Ward has been in India since last October," Ishwar Singh, deputy commissioner of Delhi police, told news agency AFP. "It appears he is a paedophile based on (the content of) his laptop, mobile and personal chat history," the officer said.

Police said the British national is from Gloucestershire and is married with a family in the United Kingdom.

No comment was immediately available from the British High Commission in New Delhi.

Murray Denis Ward has been booked under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and is in police custody for further investigation.

Police said Murray Denis Ward  visited the hostel as often as once a week, and police were investigating his motivations and online activity. 

(With inputs from PTI and AFP)

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