Child abuse in Pakistan

Mehak Ali

There is a disturbing rise in child abuse cases in Pakistan. Child abuse is the worst crime imaginable. Every day, on an average 3.9 children is sexually assaulted in the country. And the figure excludes abductions. The incidents of violence against and abuse of children are so widespread that any and every child may become a victim of sexual abuse, anywhere and by anyone.

Most of these children are abused by someone they know and trust, like a relative, family friend or a caretaker. But there are also cases where unfamiliar people are found guilty of abuse of minors. According to UNICEF, the reason is lack of proper law enforcement, negligence of parents and lack of awareness among the children and the society.

The major factor for child abuse in Pakistan was the easy access of people to children due to the negligence of parents. The effects of child abuse include guilt, nightmares, insomnia, etc. To ensure the rights and protection of women and children in Pakistan, the concerned authorities should take serious steps to protect violence against women and children.

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