Protecting children
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| 10/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
ONCE again a 14-year-old boy was abducted and raped in the Kasur village the other day. This village had already witnessed how hundreds of children were sexually abused in 2015.

It is a matter of great shame that child abuse is taking place almost in many parts of the country like in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtukhwa.

A survey has been conducted by NGO Sahil all over the country showing how child abuse,thatinclude abduction, missing children, and child marriages stood at 4,139 in 2016.

The number now has gone up by by 10pc compared to the number recorded in the previous year.

The cases under main crime classifications were 1,455 cases of abduction, 502 cases of rape, 453 cases of sodomys 271 cases of gang-rape, 362 cases of attempted sexual abuse, and 100 cases of murder following sexual assault.

Back in 2015, the data asserted that the total sexual abuse victims included 2,410 girls and 1,729 boys. The total number 1,765 of abusers is identified as acquaintances,798 as strangers, and589 as associates with strangers. This is really a shame for the abusers who instead of protecting the rights ofchildren prefer to violate them.

It is time both society and the government worked together to protect rights of children because they are the pillars of tomorrow. This is how the children become productive members of society.

Irfan Turbat