//India jails two Britons for abuse at boys' shelter

India jails two Britons for abuse at boys' shelter

NICHOLAS CHRISTIAN

TWO Britons were yesterday jailed for six years each after being convicted of sexually abusing boys at a shelter for street children in India.

Charity worker Duncan Grant, 61, and retired naval officer Allan Waters, 58, were found guilty of carrying out the abuse at the Anchorage shelter in Bombay.

Grant, from Hampstead, north London, had set up Anchorage Shelters, accommodating around 90 boys, and Waters, from Portchester, Hampshire, was a frequent visitor.

Sessions Court Judge PS Paranjape handed down guilty verdicts against the pair, who were charged with child sex abuse and engaging in unnatural acts with children.

As well as imposing the prison terms, the judge fined the pair £20,000 each.

Judge Paranjape also found an Indian, William D’Souza, who managed the home, guilty of aiding and abetting the crime. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Judge Paranjape said the convictions should deter paedophiles from believing poor Indian children were easy prey.

He said: "The judgment should go some way to ensure that India is wiped out from the map of people who indulge in sexual abuse of children.

"One of the objectives before the court is to make the accused feel the pinch economically, and the other is that compensation should help rehabilitate the victims."

Grant has been in police custody since last June when he arrived from London and formally surrendered before a Bombay court on the advice of his lawyers.

Indian police had issued an international warrant in April 2002 seeking his arrest.

A 2001 police report charged him and Waters with sodomy and sexually abusing boys at a home Grant set up for street children in Bombay.

Grant, who also ran children’s charities in Tanzania, was arrested two years ago in Dar es Salaam on the international warrant. He returned to London after being released on bail.

Waters, 58, was arrested at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport three years ago on the basis of an Interpol arrest warrant. He was extradited from the United States to face charges in India.

Grant opened Anchorage, a home for street children aged eight to 18, in central Bombay in 1995. Police say Waters was a regular visitor.

Police launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from a 15-year-old boy about repeated sexual and physical abuse by Grant and Waters. Four other boys also made similar complaints.

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