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John Frederick laments on the Nepali trend of accusing the foreigners only for the sexual explointation of street children in Nepal. John also challenges Nepalis to go for a deep soul-searching in his letter to The Kathmandu Post on Nov 28, 2008. Below is John’s letter taken from TKP followed by my comment.
Is it just us?
This is in reference to your good article on paedophiles in Nepal “No kidding”(Nov. 27, Page 5). It is regrettable that the author stereotypes ‘paedophiles’ as foreigners only. A recent careful study by Child Protection Centers and Services (CPCS) showed that of the cases of abuse of street children in Kathmandu, two fifths had been perpetrated by other street people, two fifths by local persons, and only one fifth by foreigners. It is notable that approximately 20% of all reported abusers of street children were women, almost all local women. While I agree that foreign paedophiles should be squashed like cockroaches, it is also important that Nepal admit to its own problems.
Comment from ABC Blogger:
As a citizen of this country I agree with you that there is a hypocritical tendency in Nepal of blaming all social perversions especially the sexual ones on foreigners or foreign cultures. Some high-profile cases like that of the renowned Irish poet & the sensational media coverage help to foster such erroneous generalizations. Certainly, street children are more vulnerable to all sorts of exploitations. But, if you go by the law of the land, in a country where more than 50% of girls are still married around age 15, more than 50% of marital relations can be legally categorized as pedophilia. Add to this the cases of girls (& even boys these days) trafficked to India brothels & to Mid-East Arab countries, as well as girls working in carpet, garment, & roadside motels in Nepal, I can bet you’d conclude that 99% of all forms of exploitations (not only sexual) are committed by the victims’ own family relations, neighbors, friends, colleagues & leaders (social, religious, & political leaders).
Moreover, I’d not call it foreign influence only but the clash between conventional condemning attitude toward sex & the modern trend of sexual orgies both in Eastern & Western cultures that bombard an individual with ‘horny’ messages
from morn to eve do encourage neurotic, pervert, & unnatural sexual behavior. What does one expect when your marriageable age goes beyond 30, but you’re not allowed any natural expression of your sexual energy? Surely it’ll keep on going undercover, & when something goes undercover it’s bound to go pervert.
BTW: don’t you think that the hue & cry over sexual behavior overshadows other more pertaining issues?