"Forster, Hosseini and Paramount -- the movie studio that is releasing the film
-- did not expect that the movie, which includes a sensitive child rape scene,
would put the child actors involved in danger. In fact, Forster said that people
had 'embraced' them for 'making a Hollywood film in an authentic way.'"
There are reports that they were warned by the boys parents. However, now that it is known, I don't see how these movie makers can't find a way to tell their story without the scene.