Child sexual abuse has become a repetitive issue to meet our eye on social media and mainstream media. Though there still are no significant measures taken in the sphere, the number of cases keep horrifyingly increasing.
According to the findings of ‘’Cruel Number 2017’’, a total of 3445 cases of child abuse were reported from all provinces including ICT (Islamabad Capital Territory), AJK (Azad Jammu And Kashmir), GB (Gilgit Baltistan) and FATA (Federally Administrated Tribal Areas).
Cruel Numbers 2017 is a research that reveals the frequency of child abuse reports using newspapers as a perimeter primarily.
Executive Director of Sahil says that in the years before 2017, the cases of sexual exploitation were reported in Swat, Jaranwala and Kasur. Hundreds of families fell victim and rose their voice for justice but were soon forgotten. As per the stats of the previous year, 9 children were abused daily. The crime categories included missing children (where the number stood at 517), abduction (number: 1039), rape (number: 467), attempt at rape (number: 206), sodomy (number: 366), gang sodomy (number: 180), gang rape (number: 158) and 143 cases of child marriages.
In the past year, 109 cases were reported of murder after sexual abuse – that means 9% increase as compared to the year 2016. The gender analysis of the stats showed that 42% boys and 58% girls have been murdered after subjecting them to sexual exploitation.
Among the 143 cases of child marriages, 89% victims were girls and 11% were boys. The provincial divide of the cases showed that the highest number existed in Sindh (63%). For Punjab, the percentage stood at 32%, 5 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 2 cases from AJK. 83% were reported in rural areas and 17% from urban areas.
It must be taken into consideration that the actual situation is far worse than this. Due to the stigmatization and sensitivity of the issue, not all cases make it to the newspapers or TV screens.
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