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HIV+ man arrested for child sexual abuse PDF Print

HIV+ man arrested for child sexual abuse
The writer has posted comments on this articleTNN | Jan 20, 2012, 01.28AM IST
GURGAON: The manager of a city-based NGO was arrested on Thursday for allegedly sexually abusing two minor girls, who were inmates of the childcare centre.

One of the victims is HIV positive. Shockingly, the main accused Ankur Gupta (42) is also HIV positive. Police here said that his mother, who has also been named in the FIR, would soon be arrested.

Gupta, manager of Drone Foundation, had been absconding since Tuesday night after police raided the NGO's premises and rescued the 14 kids, including eight girls. Police have recorded the statements of the two victims (aged 9 and 12).

Sources said the victims' medical reports confirmed sexual abuse. While the 12-year-old girl is HIV positive, the nine-year-old is not and no infection was detected at the time of the medical test. Investigators said the child would be subjected to subsequent tests over the next few months to find out whether she has contracted the virus.

Cops said Gupta was nabbed from IFFCO Chowk between 4.30pm and 5pm when he was about to board a bus to Jaipur.

"He was hiding behind bushes close to the bus stop and when the bus arrived, he hurriedly tried to board it," said Arvind Dahiya, SHO of Bhondsi police station. He will be produced before a city court on Friday.

DCP (south) Hamid Akhtar said, "We are investigating the role of Ankur's mother Sunita Gupta. Most likely, she would also be arrested on Friday." Sunita is the president of Drone Foundation.

These two victims had earlier filed a complaint with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) that they were being sexually abused by Gupta. After the police raid on Tuesday night, the eight girls residing at the Drone Foundation were transferred to Naz Foundation in Delhi. The Gurgaon administration reportedly plans to shift the boys to a protection home in Rewari.

A team of officials from state's health department and State AIDS Control Society from Panchkula is also here to investigate the case.

Sunita, however, claimed that her son is innocent and is being framed as a part of conspiracy by a former employee of the NGO.

She alleged that the employee's 14-year-old son and other two inmates had sexually abused the girls sometime back. Consequently, they were thrown out of the home along with the employee. "To take revenge, this employee informed the child right activists," she alleged.

Sunita said that she had given information to police about her son's whereabouts on Wednesday night.


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