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Is religious sexploitation scourge spreading globally?
Both in the East and the West, quite frequently, the cases of religious sex abuse or sexploitation of women and children keep on coming out.

In the Churches, ashrams, cult premises, temples and similar other religious places, sex abuse seems to be happening as 'holy water running through' as a 'divine blessing'.

In a case story, scribe Monalisa Das, writes that India had no dearth of self-styled godmen, and there had been a string of incidents involving gurus, and their alleged role in sexual assault, extortion and cheating.

To me, the story confirms that a common catch phrase that godmen tell their women victims is that they were special souls, and the intimate physical contact and sexual relationship with the guru's exalted soul would elevate them on the divine path.

The sex-exploiting godmen and religious leaders often 'bless' their 'chosen' women devotees with 'soul-to-soul mingling'. Das further reports that in many cases in India and throughout the world, it has been well documented how such gurus wipe out evidence when a victim tries to speak out.

Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director, American Humanist Association, in his blog writes about the public reaction to the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Vatican and Roman Catholic churches worldwide causing rank-and-file Catholics to leave the church in droves.

The trend of 'less-than-holy behaviour' and sexual abuse exists in different religious communities, he writes, "It appears as though these different religious communities, all of whom abide by distinctly different scriptures, share common ground in their efforts to silence victims of sexual abuse through marginalization and exclusion from the community."

Almost all religious scriptures forbid looking at others – men, women and children – with 'lustful intent' and equate it with 'adultery'. He is of the view that religious leaders are never above the law, no matter what faith they hail from, no matter their claims of moral superiority.

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