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Child Abuse: A Big Challenge

By Sadia Ashfaq

In Pakistan, when there is a lot of problems that needs to cope with , one of the major problem is the child abuse, in which there is a gradual increament that still needs to be solved. It’s a bitter reality. Child abuse cases are taking alarming proportions and adversely affecting the individuals, families as well as the whole society.

Child abuse can be physical, sexual or psychological. It occurs when a parent or guardian mistreats them or ignore them or don’t listen to them or to comprehend a certain behavior change in a child.

 

“The problem is widespread and increasing gradually but difficult to quantify because victims are often unwilling to speak out”.

The Government’s own research shows that at least 40 million children in Pakistan that are living in below the poverty line and needs protection. According to a research done in the last year, at least 11 children becomes victim of sexual abuse everyday while almost 100 are murdered after sexual assault. Among the victims, 41% were boys. 2,410 girls and 1,729 boys were sexually abused last year. Punjab reported the highest number of cases (2,676) in last year.

The brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur is not a one-off incident. As many as 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across Pakistan. Even in Kasur, which became the centre of a massive child abuse case in 2014 and 2015—the rape and murders of 12 little girls, all aged between five to eight years, have been reported in the past twelve months. Government should be ashamed. Child protection Agencies and every person that remains silent instead of raising the voice to stop child abuse.

 

“Pakistani society lacks the moral vocabulary to talk about the issue of child sexual abuse”.

There are many acts that have been made for the protection of children but they are only paper works.

 

“Powerful taboos, gaps in legislation and a lack of awareness continue to fuel this phenomenon that remains hidden, yet deeply embedded within society”.

The unique dimension of Pakistan’s problem is the lack of a moral values. As with the Kasur case, elaboration of the issue that takes place in small villages, that is sold and disseminated in markets and on websites, requires not victim-blaming but an embrace of the victims and a commitment to saving others. That, however, would require going beyond shame, and embracing the guilt of belonging to a society where the most innocent (children) are subjected to such terror and cruelty.

The need is to spread awareness regarding this issue and Government should take step to solve this problem. Once the victim is hanged this will never happen again so far it’s a way to resolve the issue.

The writer is student of Media studies in Punjab University one can access through the following address: (sadiaashfaq87@gmail.com)

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