Tue Sep 5, 2017 12:48PM
A French pupil reads in a classroom at Michel Debre elementary school on the first day of the new school year in Saint-Denis de la Reunion, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on August 18, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
A French pupil reads in a classroom at Michel Debre elementary school on the first day of the new school year in Saint-Denis de la Reunion, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on August 18, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

A 54-year-old British man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing three blind students at a school in the Indian capital, police said Tuesday.

Murray Dennis Ward had been associated for nine years with the New Delhi school run by the National Association for the Blind, initially as a donor and later as a volunteer teacher, police said.

School authorities contacted the police after the boys, aged 14 and 15, complained about the alleged abuse, police said.

Ward appeared before a judge after his arrest on Monday and was ordered held in police custody while the investigation continues. Police have seized his laptop computer and cellphone.

Ward, from Gloucestershire in the UK, had been working with a technology company in the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon until April.

A senior police officer, Ishwar Singh, told reporters that the British high commission in New Delhi has been informed of the arrest.

The National Association for the Blind said Ward had offered to help children with their studies and in improving their English and self-confidence.

It said Ward visited the school a few times a month.

"The safety and dignity of our students is our top priority and therefore, when this incident came to light, we immediately informed the police," it said in a statement.

(Source: AP)