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Man charged following a number of historical sexual assaults in Hitchin

Details of Incident

Detectives investigating several allegations of historical sexual assaults have charged a man in connection with the offences.
Makhan Singh Mauji, of Northampton has been charged with 14 counts of sexual assault.
The charges relate to offences that occurred between July, 1983 and July 1987, taking place a number of places including at a Gurdwara in Hitchin.
Singh Mauji was a travelling Granthi, a ceremonial religious individual, whose role was to read the Guru Granth Sahib, which is the holy book in Sikhism in Gurdwaras.
Gurdwaras are the meeting places for people of the Sikh faith to assemble and worship. Mr Mauji also has had links to a number of other Gurdwaras including in Northampton, Bedford and Milton Keynes.
Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins, of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Unit said: “I am grateful for the level of bravery these women have shown when reporting these incidents.
“If you want to report anything relating to this case, please do so".
“Anyone wishing to report a sexual assault will always be treated sensitively and with respect by us. We recognise how difficult it must be but please be assured we have specially trained officers who can help you every step of the way.”
You can report crime online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form (opens in a new window).
Anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for practical and emotional support. The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them. This service is open to everyone – men, women and young people, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.
To contact Herts SARC, call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448, email them at or visit the Herts SARC website (opens in a new window).

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to Police please contact the BCH Major Crime Unit on 101 asking for HERTFORDSHIRE quoting Operation Surtax or alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111