Child abuse

Sahil, an NGO, has released a report on child abuse which reveals that cases of child abuse increased by 32 pc in the first six months of 2018 compared to the first half of 2017. The report says that a total of 2,322 child abuse cases were reported by newspapers in all four provinces including Islamabad, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, whereas 1,764 cases were reported in first half of 2017.
It is very alarming situation that total of 79 cases were reported in the first six months of 2017 whereas 321 rape cases of children up to the age of five were recorded for the first six months of this year. As compared to last year, sexual abuse cases of boys increased by 47pc, while such cases of girls increased by 22p. In 48pc of cases, acquaintances have committed such a crime, in 11pc cases, strangers committed the crime and in 12pc of cases the abusers’ identity was not found. 24pc of cases occurred at acquaintance’s place, 15pc at victim’s place and 10pc at other places.
The Report claims 89pc of cases were registered by the police whereas 32 cases were refused to be registered and 17 were not registered due to some reasons. In comparison with last year number of registered cases has increased by 59pc, refusal to register a case has decreased by 32pc.
Total 65pc of cases were reported from Punjab, 26pc from Sindh, 69 cases from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 68 from the capital, 55 from Baluchistan, 21 from AJK and 2 from GB What is the basic cause behind this grubby crime? It is because sexual abuse cases are kept hidden. This approach has led the crime rampant in the society.
Sonia Akmal
Lahore

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