At a time the entire World ‘s attention is focused on the deadly corona virus spreading at an alarming speed, destroying lives as never before , media is busy with constant reports , channel discussions,press meets due to the gargantuan threat to the entire humanity Despite all this tragic scenario , Kerala ,God’s own country is buzzing with brutal rapes, severe child abuses often resulting in the victim's murder, acid attacks, dowry deaths, honor killings etc
Recently , 45
year old Padmarajan , a teacher in
When the media reported ,the medical examination result of proving brutal sexual assault on the child and the Police indifference due to Padmarajan ,a local BJP leader’s political connections,Police sprang to action , arrested and ’a case was registered uunder “POSCO’ act !!
Thanks to corvid 19 , the usual protest marches , effigy burning and the violence & vandalism are spared as in the case of the suicide of ‘ Valayar case.
Not long ago, Malayali viewers had an unforgettable sight of a short, frail old man in hand cuffs was attacked by an uncontrollable mob throwing stones at him, shouting obscenities .
He is Victor Daniel from Kollam who raped & allegedly killed his own grand daughter,after years of sexual abuse .So many incidents of such Pedophiles are reported with unfailing regularity that none raises an eyebrow when hearing it!!!’
What is pedophilia? It is an irresistible attraction towards young children, sexually arousing fantasies, impulsive desires or behavior involving sexual acts with a child.
Some Researchers try to establish the cerebral dysfunction of
while others attribute this tendency to biological & environmental factors.
According to them, the childhood victims of pedophiles turn out to be future
child sex abusers & re-live & enjoy the role-reversal. In this
connection, it is relevant to quote Cardinal Wilfred Fox Napier, one of the
cardinals, who took part in the
During his BBC interview, Cardinal Napier expressed his opinion that “Pedophilia is not a criminal condition, it’s an illness.”
Later, apologizing to the Victim’s Rights Group, the Cardinal said, “Child sex is a heinous crime because of the damages it does to the child; in that concern, I include the abused who has become an abuser.”
Though, there is an increasing awareness of pedophilia now, due to the media reports, studies & surveys of Child commission, observance of November 19 as the ‘World day for the prevention of child abuse etc., this is by no means a new evil.
Vladimir Nabakov’s novel ‘Lolita’ (from which the term ‘Lolita complex’ is derived) is centered around the obsessive sexual attraction of a step-father towards his prepubescent step daughter.
Virani’s ‘Bitter Chocolate’ is a detailed case study of child sexual abuse in
The public image of a pedophile, an ugly old man hiding in the bushes, waiting to snatch young children off the street, is absolutely a myth. In reality, they are family members, trusted family friends &teachers ,
PadmaRajan &. Victor Daniel ,the grand father of Kollam & the innumerable reports of fathers raping his little daughter’s etc prove this,
In many such cases the victim’s family supports the predator
In the case of Victor Daniel .His wife &’daughter remained stubbornly silent during intensive Policemen questioning,though the autopsy report clearly indicated physical assault, abrasions on the private parts including unnatural sex, just three days before the child’s death. The child’s father’s
complaint, based on the abnormal sitting posture of her body, her legs laid flat on their floor, was ignored by the Kerala Police, for two long months. Later, the Human Rights Commission took a suo motu case on the incident & sought reports from the South Zone I.G. which eventually led to Victor’s wife’s revealing the painful fact she was informed about her husband’s’ immoral’ approach by her daughter & grand daughter.
Sexual abuse by clergy has been a shameful aspect of Catholic culture for centuries.
Catholic church’s spiritual hierarchy and ’absolute control goes to the extent of persuading the victims to be a part of their own cover-up, as is proved in the case of 58 year old Fr. Robin Vadakkanchery, Vicar of St. Sebastian Church in Kannur.
Vadakkanchery was arrested from the Airport, minutes before his flight to
In this case, Fr. could successfully buy the silence of the victim as well as a ‘scapegoat’ to take the blame, the victim’s own father, by paying Rs 10 lakhs.
Strangely, this happened barely two months after Pope Francis had exhorted Bishops all over the World, to show zero tolerance towards crime against children.
manhunt has been launched for a 29 year old Business Manager in
The innocent six year old boy came to know the ‘game’ Vijeesh played with him, was actually sexual abuse, only when he learnt about sex in his School.
Kerala is Tourist’s paradise with it's beautiful backwaters, lagoons, emerald green paddy fields, long stretches of beach etc. Foreign pedophiles enjoy the luxurious house boat stay with kallu (Local toddy) with Karimeen fry (Pearl spot fish fry) in the company of young boys, followed by extended journey, visiting other places etc., for comparatively very low price. Since the supply of boys does not equal to the demand, there is a tremendous increase in the number of boys being trafficked to Kerala for sex trade.
It is natural for children, growing up in extreme poverty, where survival is the only goal, to fall easy prey to these foreign pedophiles. And most of these foreign pedophiles escape to their country or get away with light punishments.
For example, Raymond Varley, part of the International ring of Pedophiles, preyed on children, mainly from the Orphanages run by Freddy Peats was arrested in Thailand but sent to London on the Interpol Red corner notice; CBI continues to fight a legal battle for his extradition.
the founder of “Anchorage Shelter Homes of Mumbai” & Alan Waters, his
trusted lieutenant got away with just 6
years imprisonment &
Now, Internet has become a common hunting ground to prey
on children. Recently, Kerala Police arrested 11 people including model Resmi Nair, her husband Rahul Pasupalan, organizers of ‘Kiss of Love’, for running an online sex racket, while investigating a Face book Paedophile page called “Kochu
Sundarikal” (little pretty girls”).
Though, “Kocchhu sundarikal” appeared like pictures posted in Face book, in reality was a den of pedophiles with note from the group administrator, “what would you like to do with her?” etc.
Social Activist Sunita Krishnan has urged the court to issue a direction to Kerala Police to make Face book also an accused in the case.
No doubt, the alarming number rapes of children, women & even old women above 70, including the most brutal rape of a 90 year old woman in Kerala, makes it a virtual hell on earth.
But, that does
not mean that the other states in
38 year old tailor Sunil Rastogi, father of 5, including two daughters is a serial rapist from Rudrapur in Uttarakhand.
He agreed to
raping 60 girls between the ages of 7 &
superstitious pedophile in his red jacket (supposed to be his lucky charm)
travelled always in Sampras Kranti Express to
He follows a group for short distance & then picks a child stray
away from the group, gives her a new set of clothes, supposed to be from her father, takes her to a secluded place and rapes her.
POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) of 2012, brought welcome changes in the laws related to protect Women & children from sexual exploitation.
Commission, set up to reform & invigorate anti-rape law after the
Though the Verma committee is opposed to Capital punishment, or Castration practiced in several countries including the some of the US states like California, Florida etc., as punishment to rape, they strongly recommend 10 years ‘life imprisonment’, ‘life’ meaning the entire natural life.
Posco Act, & the implementation of the practical suggestions of Justice Verma committee, would be a golden panacea for child sexual abuse that plagues our society.
As Marian Wright Edelman, American Activist, President & founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, has rightly pointed out, “A nation that does not stand up for its children, does not stand for anything & will not stand tall in future.”