32% jump in child abuse cases in Pakistan in first 6 months of 2018: Report

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Islamabad, August 31: A total of 2,322 child abuse cases were reported across Pakistan in the first six months of 2018, a 32% jump as compared to the first half of 2017, according to a report by NGO working on protection of children against violence.
The ‘Cruel Numbers Report’ having data from January to June 2018 has been compiled the NGO Sahil based on the news stories in the main newspapers all over Pakistan.
The report shows that a total of 2,322 child abuse cases were reported by newspapers in all four provinces, as well as Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. In comparison, 1,764 such incidents were reported from January to June 2017.
It means more than 12 children were abused every day during the January to June period of this year. The six-month data shows that 1,298 (56%) of the victims were girls and 1,024 (44%) were boys.
The NGO report shows that the major crime categories of the reported cases are abduction (542), sodomy (381), rape (360), missing children (236), attempt of rape (224), gang sodomy (167), attempt of sodomy (112), gang rape (92) and 53 cases of child marriages.
The report says that children in the age brackets of 6-10 and 11-15 are most vulnerable to abuse.
Provincial statistics show that 65% of the cases were from Punjab, 25% from Sindh, 3% from Islamabad, 3% from K-P, 2% from Balochistan, 21 cases from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and 2 cases from Gilgit-Baltistan.
Out of the total reported cases, 74% were from rural areas and 26% from urban areas.
Report statistics also show that 89% of the cases were registered with police, in 32 cases, police refused to register the case, 17 cases were unregistered with police and the registration status of 196 cases were not mentioned.
Sahil senior programme officer (media) Mamtaz Gohar said 32% increase in number of child abuse cases in the first six months is “highly upsetting”. (PTI)