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Nov 18, 2009 at 09:59pm IST

Paedophilia in garb of philanthropy rampant in India

New Delhi: Paedophilia in the garb of western philanthropy. India has seen at least ten high profile cases of foreign nations involved in cases of child sex abuse.

One of the first such cases was exposed in Goa sixteen years ago. Australian National Warner Wulf Ingo and his orphanage Gurukul in Panaji were the front for an international sex racket. He was convicted for paedophilia and was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in 2007.

Another case came to light in 2001 involving two British nationals Duncan Grant and Allan Walters. Five children in their Mumbai orphanage alleged sexual abuse. The two were convicted in accessions court but later acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2008.

In 2008, another Australian national, doctor Paul Allen was arrested in Vishakapatnam on charges of abusing children at an orphanage in Orissa.

Weather it's the beautiful beaches of Goa or the urban centers, it's the eight million street children across India who are the easiest target.

The bigger challenge now is not just to expose these cases but to prevent them before another child is robbed of his or her innocence.