I read this painful thread with real anguish, and was about to blurt out that the situation might be worse on our side, it is at least equal. Then it occurred to me that this is a world-wide phenomenon; the perversion, the extra streak of cruelty and sadism has been added in Hong Kong (for snuff films) and the developed countries of the west for child pornography. There is even a philosophical justification that these
(sorry, no animals behave like humans do; concentration camps and the horrors of Gitmo are our own unique contributions to the world) perverts have built up in their own defence, and it is that we are unaware that even children possess sexuality!
A point that I would like to make is that in India, we have had case after case after case of self-appointed and self-certified men of God very often turning up being at the centre of these scandals. From Ram Rahim Singh back to the quack Sathya Sai Baba (the original was a harmless fakir, loved by those of all religions), we have had a plethora of these. We get Christian priests in jail for molesting and abusing children, we get Muslim mullahs who manage madrassahs, we get Hindu godmen who rape women and abuse children under cover of their preaching; all sail in the same boat.
Now, on international airlines, I am told that a single man is not allotted a seat next to children, sometimes even next to a lone woman (I stopped travelling abroad in 2006); that men are NOT encouraged to make overtures to children, or to give them sweets or candies, or fondle them or pick them up. I started by lamenting to myself that we south Asians are horrible people; I end by lamenting that humans are a curse on the earth.