Bhubaneswar, Dec 18:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action taken report (ATR) from the state government over the reported incident of a French tourist having unnatural sex with children at Puri beach.
Acting on a complaint filed by human rights activist Akhand, the Commission has ordered the state government to file the ATR within six weeks.
The Commission has issued notice to the Puri collector and superintendent of police in this regard.
It may be mentioned here that French national Mathieu Furic was booked for allegedly indulging in unnatural sex with children on the sea beach in Puri. Apprehending trouble, Furic flew back to his home country before the police could reach him.
Furic had arrived in Puri on November 18 and had checked out of his hotel on November 26 immediately after a US national James Foster Gorman caught him in the act with a group of boys on the Penthakata beach in Puri on the same day.
The police said Furic’s age is between 45 and 50.
Gorman, who had lodged the complaint with the Sea Beach police station about Furic’s illegal acts, had also alleged that Furic assaulted him when he had opposed his illegal and depraved activities.
The police lodged a case after Gorman handed over the footage of a recorded conversation Furic had with the children to them.
The French national has been booked under section 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.
The petitioner Akhand, in his complaint to the Commission, has alleged that it was due to the negligence and delayed action of the police, that the foreign national managed to leave the country for France.
Seeking intervention of the NHRC, the petitioner lamented that victims of sexual abuse are neither well compensated nor properly rehabilitated in the country.