Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Indian Pastor arrested for illegally keeping two minor girls at his house

JAIPUR: A day after arrestingJacob John, a pastor and owner of 'child care centre' for illegally keeping two girls from north east states at his home, Malviya Nagar police produced him before a local court which sent him to one-day police remand. During the remand, the police are likely to delve further to find out his accomplices and if any more girls are kept in illegal confinement.

On March 24, Malviya Nagar police had found two minor girls of Manipur illegally kept at his home and were rescued. Soon after rescuing the girls, police had registered a case under sections 344 and 370 of the IPC for illegal confinement of the girls. Later, sections 23 and 28 of the Juvenile justice Act were also added.

"Following an investigation, we have arrested him on Monday. We produced him at a local court on Tuesday and asked for a one-day remand which was granted by the court," a senior officer of Malviya Nagar police station said.

Police said the two girls were separate from the 51 girls and boys who were rescued on March 12 by the Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, FXB Suraksha, an NGO, and district administration along with the help of other NGOs from two unregistered care homes in Mansarovar and Jawahar Nagar, allegedly opened by Jacob John.

The Jawahar Nagar and Mansarovar police had arrested Jacob then but he was released on bail.

NGOs have also demanded that the city police depute an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) level officer to investigate all three cases of illegal confinement of girls.


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