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Child molestation case against Indian Air force officer

NEW DELHI: An IAF junior commissioned officer (JCO) posted in the Indian Embassy in Israel has been recalled to New Delhi and his plea for extension of service rejected after being accused of an attempt to molest a child at Tel Aviv.

The action was taken against the JCO, in the rank of a junior warrant officer, after an Israeli couple complained that he had “displayed too much affection” with their six-year-old son and tried to “molest” him in an building elevator in Tel Aviv last November.

The Israeli police had detained the JCO, in his early-40s, after the couple lodged a complaint against him. Later, he was handed over to Indian authorities with the request to move him out of Israel.

“The JCO initially maintained he was just casually displaying affection towards the child like it was done in India. But later, he somewhat accepted he had indeed attempted to molest the child,” said an official.

The IAF inquiry into the incident also found the JCO guilty of misconduct. “After serving for 20 years, he had sought extension of service. The plea was summarily rejected, though he continues to get his pensionary and other benefits,” he added.

24 Feb 2009, TNN