A snowshoe racer from India, Tanveer Hussain, who recently competed at the World Snowshoe Championship in New York, has been arrested in the US on charges of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl. Initially, Hussain was denied US visa on January 31. After a huge public outcry, and the involvement of Snowshoe Federation of India, he was granted the visa.
The 24-year-old snowshoe racer from Kashmir was charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Tanveer Hussain was arrested in Saranac Lake village in New York State. Hussain participated in the 2017 World Snowshoe championship from February 23 to 25 and was supposed to leave on Thursday.
President of Snowshoe Federation of India, Mir Mudasir said, “Yes, he has been arrested after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor girl surfaced. We are trying to ascertain what happened.”
Tanveer Hussain and his manager Abid Khan were initially denied visa on January 31. After the issue was raised in media, prompting the village mayor to present the matter to some US senators, Hussain and Khan were given the travel permit. Villagers offererd them free lodging, meals and a campaign raised $1600 to cover their travel expenses.
“I spoke to Khan and he told me that Hussain has been provided with an attorney by the state department. The attorney is going to talk to the Indian embassy in the US.” President Mudasir said.
Abid Khan told the media that the girl had followed Hussain around in an affectionate way, claiming that Hussain is innocent in the matter. But the New York Police said that they had enough evidence – witnesses and social media.
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