Predators on the Prowl

M.G. Radhakrishnan:

As child sex abusers find new hunting grounds in Kerala, the police struggle to get their act together!

For over 20 years, Jakub Spalti, a Swiss tourist now aged 82, was a regular visitor to the famed Kovalam beach in Thiruvananthapuram. Giving English lessons to boys from poor families, he was a familiar face for the locals. But that was to change two years ago, when a complaint from two children compelled the Kerala Police to register a case of child abuse against Spalti, leading to hls arrest and the confiscation of his passport. Spalti then jumped bail and has since disappeared, though many in Kovalam say he has been visiting the beach.