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� British paedophiles case taken to SC
The Supreme Court today overturned the acquittal of British nationals Duncan Grant and Alan Waters, who had been charged with child sexual abuse at the Anchorage shelter home for street children in Mumbai. The men, who ran the shelter, had been convicted by a trial court in 2006 after five minor boys from the shelter testified against them. But in 2008, the Bombay High Court had acquitted them, saying the six year jail term awarded was too harsh a penalty.
� Brit paedophilia convicts must serve remaining term: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court in its judgment on Friday, upholding the conviction of Duncan Grant and Allan Waters by the trial court, has directed the trial judge (sessions court in Mumbai) to take steps to ensure the convicts serve the remaining sentence. Accordingly, the judgment order of the apex court would be sent to the Bombay high court. Normally, orders are sent to the Supreme Court branch (section). The high court then has the onus of sending a hard copy of the judgment to the sessions court.
� SC restores conviction of two British paedophiles
The apex court restored their convictions on appeals by civil society Childline India Foundation and Maharashtra government, challenging the High Court ruling which had freed them in July 2008. The bench said, "It obligates both Central, State and Union territories to protect them (children) from the evils, provide free and good education and make them good citizens of this country," the bench said.
� Apex court restores conviction of two British paedophiles
The Supreme Court on Friday convicted two British nationals on charges of sexual abuse of minor boys living in shelters run by them in Mumbai. A bench of Justice P Sathasivam and Justice BS Chauhan directed immediate arrest of paedophiles Allan John Waters and Duncan Alexander and ordered them to undergo their jail terms. "Children are the greatest gift to humanity. The sexual abuse of children is one of the most heinous crimes. It is an appalling violation of their trust, an ugly breach of our commitment to protect the innocent," the bench said while overturning the Bombay High Court verdict that acquitted the duo in July 2008.
� Activists hail Supreme Court order
Child rights activists on Friday applauded the Supreme Court order overturning the acquittals of Duncan Grant and Alan Waters in a 2001 paedophilia case. They were sentenced to six years' imprisonment for sexually abusing five boys at the Anchorage shelter at Colaba. "We are very happy that the Sup reme Court (SC) recognised that a child's statement that he was sexually abused is enough and does not require corroboration," said Nishit Kumar, head of communications and strategic initiatives at Childline India Foundation, a non-profit group."The court also recognised that people were exploiting children's vulnerability by offering incentives."
� London man convicted in Indian paedophilia case
India's Supreme Court has convicted two Britons of sexually abusing boys at a children's shelter in Mumbai. Duncan Grant, of Hampstead, north London, and Allan Waters, of Hampshire, had been acquitted by the High Court in Mumbai in 2008 for lack of evidence. But the Supreme Court overturned that decision and upheld guilty verdicts from the trial court in 2006 which sentenced the men to six years.
� 'Hapless kids became victims of sexual lust'
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: The sensational paedophilia case dates back to 2001, when the Colaba police began investigating the Anchorage shelters at Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Murud Janjira run by Duncan Grant. Allan Waters was a frequent visitor to the homes. The trial court had in 2006 sentenced them under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for unnatural sex, among other charges. They were given six years rigorous imprisonment and William D'Souza, a manager at Anchorage, got three years.
� Acquittal of 2 Britons in paedophilia case quashed
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday restored the conviction and sentence of six-year rigorous imprisonment imposed on two British nationals who were acquitted by the Bombay High Court in a paedophilia case. A Bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan directed Allan John Waters and Duncan Alexander Grant to serve the remaining period of sentence. John Waters was in jail for about five years and Grant had served three years and two months.
� SC restores conviction of 2 British paedophiles
The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the acquittal of two British nationals by the Bombay High Court and restored their conviction and six years jail term awarded by a trial court in a 10-year-old case relating to sexual abuse of minor boys. A Bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan favoured all the stakeholders, including the NGOs, to properly implement the measures guaranteed under the Constitution for the protection of children.
� Two British paedophiles sent back to jail to complete term
The Supreme Court on Friday overturned a Bombay High Court order acquitting two British nationals in 2008 on charges of sexually abusing destitute boys in a Mumbai orphanage run by them and directed the duo to complete their jail term. British nationals - Duncan Grant and Allan Waters - and their Indian aide William D'souza who was a manager in the shelters-for-homeless run by them at three places in Mumbai, were found guilty by a trial court in 2006 on the basis of statement of two victims.Two years later, the Bombay High Court set aside their conviction saying none of the other children living in the shelter anchorage, run by the accused, had corroborated the two victims' depositions of their sexual abuse.
� London man convicted in Indian paedophilia case
Five boys came forward with sex assault allegations against Grant and Waters. India's Supreme Court has convicted two Britons of sexually abusing boys at a children's shelter in Mumbai. Duncan Grant, of Hampstead, north London, and Allan Waters, of Hampshire, had been acquitted by the High Court in Mumbai in 2008 for lack of evidence. http://inquisitionnews.amplify.com
� 2 UK paedophiles' conviction restored
Terming the March 18: Terming the sexual exploitation of children a serious violation of their Fundamental Rights, the Supreme Court on Friday restored the conviction of three British nationals for repeated abuse of several children, including minor girls forced to have unnatural sex in a Mumbai anchorage in the mid-Eighties. The conviction of William D'Souza, running the anchorage, and his two former British naval officer friends, Duncan Alexander Grant and Allan John Waters, for the serious crime of paedophilia was restored by a bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan on the appeals of Childline India Foundation, a welfare body functioning under the aegis of the Union ministry of social welfare.
� Child rights activists welcome verdict on paedophile Britons
Mumbai, March 18 (IANS) Child rights activists Friday welcomed the Supreme Court upholding a Mumbai trial court's verdict convicting two Britons in a paedophile case. They, however, said this could have been done sooner. The apex court upheld the six years' imprisonment awarded to Duncan Grant and Alan John Waters for sexually abusing boys at a children's shelter, Anchorage, in Mumbai along with Indian, William D Souza, who was the caretaker and was awarded three years' imprisonment.