Main accused in orphanage sex abuse case held

Three days after shocking revelations of extensive sexual abuse in an orphanage in Tirumullaivoyal resulted in the arrest of two trustees and two maintenance staff of the orphanage, the Avadi All Women Police on Sunday nabbed the warden of the orphanage, Babu Samuel, who had been absconding.

Though the children have been sexually and physically assaulted for sometime at the home, the crime was reported by the children to judicial magistrates who conducted a legal awareness camp in a nearby government school on Thursday, the police said.

Police have said that Samuel, who is separated from his wife, lured the inmates by inviting them to watch TV in his room. Twenty boys and 26 girls of the orphanage have been medically examined in Tiruvallur Government hospital to confirm if they have been abused.

The couple Jacob (64) and his wife Vimala Jacob (59) of Villivakkam, trustees of Eternal Word Trust under which the orphanage functioned, were also arrested.