Kathmandu, April 13
The Central Investigation Bureau arrested a 69-year-old French national on the charge of paedophilia and rescued two minors from his clutches, yesterday.
Superintendent of Police Uma Prasad Chaturvedi said plainclothes cops raided a hotel at Bhagawatisthan, Thamel, yesterday morning and apprehended Georges Igor Simansky.
The perpetrator was found ‘sleeping naked’ with a 14-year-old boy in a hotel room on the fifth floor, according to police.
SP Chaturvedi said, “We have started investigation into the case after one of the boys rescued from him lodged a complaint accusing the man of sexually abusing him and forcing him to engage in unnatural sex.” He also informed that preliminary investigation had shown that the man had also forced a 15-year-old boy into unnatural sex. Both the boys have been sent to a rehabilitation centre after their medical check-up.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Kabit Katuwal of CIB, police was closely observing Simansky’s activities for the last two years.
Simansky, with passport No 13DD80571, visited the country seven times. He first visit to Nepal was in May 2014. The French national had also been arrested on paedophilia charges in his country back in 2000, according to police.
DSP Katuwal said the man used to lure boys from underprivileged families, especially the victims of 2015 earthquakes. It is learnt that Simansky sent money for the boys from his country for the last two years. DSP Katuwal said, “Simansky had promised the boys foreign trips and better education.”
The CIB has filed a case against the French national at Kathmandu District Court.
SP Chaturvedi said paedophilia cases were increasing in Kathmandu valley. According to a police report, men in their late 40s mostly from European countries were found to be involved in such cases in Nepal.
Police have nabbed 12 foreigners in connection with paedophilia over a period of three years.
SP Chaturvedi said cases of sexual abuse against children increased after the 2015 earthquakes. “More foreigners with malicious intention visited earthquake-hit rural areas posing as saviours. They promised better future and education to the children of impoverished families and lured them.
A version of this article appears in print on April 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.