2,252 children sexually abused in 2010

NGO releases annual report on child abuse statistics.


Express April 08, 2011

LAHORE:


A total of 2,252 children throughout Pakistan were sexually assaulted in the year 2010, revealed the annual report of Sahil, an NGO that works towards eliminating child abuse.


The report is based on data collected from January 2010 through December 2010 from 66 Pakistani newspapers monitored daily, said a Sahil representative. He said the cases involving victims below 18 years of age were compiled in a report called Cruel Numbers.

According to the report, at least seven children were assaulted daily. Excluding children who had been abducted, an average of four children were assaulted  The nature of the crime has been divided into several categories in the report with abduction, rape or sodomy and gang rape or gang sodomy having the highest percentages.

The data shows that 73 per cent of the children who were sexually assaulted were girls and 27 per cent were boys.

The data also shows that a total of 4,543 abusers were involved.

The largest group of abusers was identified as acquaintances of the victims, the second largest group was strangers, and the third largest was relatives. It further revealed that in 21 per cent of the cases, the children were abused more than once by the same abuser. Similar to the results of previous years, the most vulnerable age group among girls was 11 years to 18 years. Among boys this age bracket was 6 years to 15 years.

A province-wise division shows that 76 per cent of the cases were reported from Punjab, followed by Sindh and Islamabad

Recommendations

Sahil also suggested recommendations for child protection at provincial level. It demanded establishment of a protection, intervention and rehabilitation centre in the province.  Further, the NGO urged for a course to be included in primary education to teach children how to keep safe.



Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2011.

COMMENTS (12)

Muhammad Imran Qureshi | 10 years ago | Reply Whatever the circumstances of the day are in the notice of every sensible person. Abuses are around us and we will have to eschew by ourself. Child abuse make peculiar effects on the victim's personality. Parents are the real safeguards to their children. when the children grew up, it is must for the parents to have a strict eye over all of their activities and their intimates where do they go, where do they have company of some elder or unknown peoples. We will have to make your home on the islamic basics and islamic concepts. We will have to kick off the west system to say a warmth wel come of Islamic System as the entire world turned to Islam near the catastrophe. I appeal from the core of my heart to the sweet readers to make Islam your code of life to get suffice in this world and after this.
nasir | 10 years ago | Reply this is a big problem in our country. our govt. should cover this sin. but the problem is that our govt. is sleeping what will he do. but we are muslim our religion does not allow us to do that. what we are able to be called a muslim.
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