New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday awarded six years of imprisonment to two British nationals - Duncan Grant and Allan Waters - for sexually abusing boys at a homeless children`s shelter ‘Anchorage’ in Mumbai.
Indian national, William D Souza, who was the care taker of the children`s home Anchorage, has also been convicted.
The boys were inmates of Anchorage, which was set up by Grant in 1995.
Aged between eight to 18, there were around 90 boys in the children’s home.
All the three accused Grant, Waters and D`souza were acquitted by the Bombay High Court in 2008 due to lack of evidence.
On March 18, 2006, both Grant and Waters were convicted by a sessions court and sent to six years in rigorous imprisonment in 2006 for sexually exploiting five minor boys at the shelter houses run by them in Mumbai and neighbouring Murud.
The third accused, William D`Souza, was also sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment for abetting the crime.
The case first came to light in 2001 when police received a complaint from a 15-year-old boy about repeated sexual and physical abuse by the men. Four other boys followed suit.
Police charged the three men with sodomy and sexually abusing boys.