TAMIL NADU

Students of Chennai school sexually abused: U.K. police

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A U.K.-based investigation team that was in Chennai recently to probe suspected child sexual abuse by a British national has identified many pupils and former pupils of a city school, who were subjected to sexual abuse.

Detective Inspector Mark Little of Gloucestershire Police, who led the team to Chennai, stated in a press release: “During our investigations in Tamil Nadu we have interviewed 14 children and 16 adults. Our investigations are now concluding and evidence has been obtained that identifies at least 9 pupils and former pupils of St Georges School that were subjected to various incidents of sexual abuse within the school boarding home by a U.K. suspect whilst a volunteer of Batemans Trust.”

He said, “Further enquiries will now be undertaken in the UK before a file of evidence is submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, who have the responsibility of reviewing evidence and making decisions regarding criminal prosecutions.”

In a statement, he expressed the hope that the management of St. Georges School and the boarding home come to understand their duties to prevent abuse and immediately report incidents of abuse to parents and to authorities when allegations are made. “These responsibilities can be achieved through staff training and by having clear child protection policies in place within organisations working with children.”

Mr. Little thanked the children and families his team had interacted with and police officers who assisted them during their investigation.