Rights Panel Seeks Report on Paedophilia by French Tourist

The National Human Rights Commission has directed the State Government to file an action taken report on paedophilia by a French tourist at Puri recently.

Published: 19th December 2013 10:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2013 10:58 AM   |  A+A-

The National Human Rights Commission has directed the State Government to file an action taken report on paedophilia by a French tourist at Puri recently. Acting on a complaint of rights activist Akhand,the Commission has ordered district magistrate and SP to file their reports within six weeks.

The French national Mathieu Furic was booked for allegedly indulging in unnatural sex with children on the sea beach in Puri. But, he managed to escape the clutches of police. Furic had arrived in Puri on November 18 and checked out of his hotel on November 26 immediately after another US national James Foster Gorman (45) caught him in the act with a group of boys on the Penthakata beach.

The police have put Furic’s age between 45 and 50. Gorman, who had lodged a complaint at the Sea Beach police station, also alleged that Furic had assaulted him when he opposed his illegal acts.

The police registered a case after Gorman recorded a conversation with the children and handed over the footage to them. The French national has been booked under Sections 323 (causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 341 (wrongful restraint) of Indian Penal Code and Sections 12 and 18 of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012. But due to negligence and late action by the police, he flew away to France, Akhand alleged.

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