Indian sportsman held in US for sexually abusing minor girl

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New Delhi : It was blot on the face of Indian sports fraternity in US as a 24-year-old Indian sportsman has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a minor girl.  The man from Kashmir is in US for a snowshoe competition.

Tanveer Hussain arrived in the small village of Saranac Lake in New York state for the World Snowshoe Championships.

He had garnered much attention before arriving for the championship after the US Embassy in New Delhi denied him and another athlete Abid Khan visas around the same time President Donald Trump had issued an order barring people from seven Muslim-dominant countries to the US.

Though India was not among the seven countries, the denial of visa was seen associated with the executive order.

Police arrested Hussain on Wednesday after the girl, who is under the age of 13, accused him of sexually abusing her.

Hussain was arraigned and his lawyer entered a not-guilty plea on Hussain’s behalf.