- 14% of sexual abuse cases have been soared
- 8 children get sexually abused every day in Pakistan
- Sindh and Punjab have reported more cases than other provinces in Pakistan
- Sindh Child Protection Authority Act, 2011 failed to protect children
In Pakistan, 1489 children have been sexually tortured in six months from January to June 2020. Sahil organization has issued a six-month report in which stated; a total of 1489 child abuse cases, 8 children are sexually abused every day in Pakistan – out of 704 boys, and of 785 girl cases reported.
The report claims that 69 girls and 104 boys have been gang-raped – adding – 12 boys and 13 girls were killed after being raped. Sahil organization gathers information about cases from 84 newspapers.
Parents do not go to the police because of honor and avoid being highlighted in cases. “Parents understand that the system will not do justice to them,” says Burkat Ali, provincial coordinator at Sindh chapter, Sahil organization.
Burkat Ali criticizes at Sindh government not for having built safe houses for children, nor has the government established any system. Besides, Sindh government legislated The Sindh Child Protection Authority Act, 2011 that policy could protect children. Children should be treated through counseling, in Sindh, only one counsellor was available.
It is claimed that 90 percent of cases end up compromising because the police do not cooperate with victimized families. The report said that registered cases 1340, out of 1489, thus, 135 cases were unable to have the proper information, and 7 cases did not get reported.
According to the report that Sindh and Punjab have confirmed more cases than other provinces. Sindh 477, and Punjab 853, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 91, Islamabad 35, Pakistan-administered Kashmir 10, and Balochistan 22.
According to data, 822 children can identify culprits, 234 children cannot identify, neighbors involved in 40 cases, relatives in 20 cases, teachers in 14 cases, a policeman in 01 a case, molvis in 18 cases.
The majority of children who are sexually abused whose age is minor and 16 years to 18-year-old children numbers are 165. In some cases, age did not mention. Child Abuse cases in rural areas 62 percent cases and urban areas 38 percent cases reported.
“We should raise awareness of child abuse issue among our media and society – how it is possible that Faisalabad city reported more child abuse cases than Karachi, wonders Burkat Ali; “In media, some believe that such kinds of reports are not worth having published.” We (Sahil organization) publish reports to make society and the government realize that they should protect our children.
The Rise News did send a message to Sindh Social Welfare Department for comment, but they did not respond.
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