1,204 children subjected to torture in 6 months: Report
24 September, 2013
LAHORE: The Sahil, a non-profit and non-governmental organisation on Monday issued a report on child abuses cases overall in Pakistan, which reveals that from January to June of the current year 1,204 children have been the victims of physical violence.
The report says that 817 girls constituting 67.86% while 387 boys constituting 32.14% have been the victims.
The child abuse incidents have been divided into 24 types in the report. The report includes 640 cases of abduction, 136 cases of rape, 73 cases of gang rape, 30 cases of rape attempt, 26 gang rape attempt, five gang rapes and then murder, four cases of rape and then murder, 45 cases of abduction and then murder, 29 cases of forced early marriages, 24 cases of abduction and then gang rape, 11 cases of abduction and then harassment, two cases of abduction and then rape and murder, and 2 cases of abduction and attempt of rape.
The report further reveals that there have been 85 cases of sodomy, 42 cases of gang sodomy, 14 cases of gang sodomy attempt, 13 cases of sodomy plus murder, six cases of abduction and then sodomy plus murder, four cases of murder in sodomy attempt, four cases of sodomy attempt and while two cases of gang sodomy and then murder.
The report also includes 29 cases of early forces marriages, one case of early marriage and then murder while one case of abduction and then forced marriage, and five cases of vani have been reported.
The report tells that there are 599 cases of physical torture whose exact location is yet to be confirmed while 217 cases of child abuse were reported from the children's own places. There are 194 such cases of child abuse whose exact location has been confirmed in which 65 are reported to have taken place in streets, 48 in fields 17 in schools or colleges, 15 in forests, eight in religious places while other eight include the places where children were on their work.
The people who were reported to be behind these cases of child abuse are mostly strangers to those victims who constitute 524 in number while 500 of those who know the children in one or the other way. While 40 of them are relatives of victims' and 135 are reported to be their neighbourhood fellows.
The report covers the cases of child abuse from four cases in which Punjab stands on top with 810 cases, Sindh on second number with 226 cases, Balochistan on third with 44 cases while KPK stands last with 37 cases. Other includes Islamabad with 71 cases, Azad Jammu Kashmir with 14 cases and Gilgit Baltistan with only two cases. The report reveals that 645 cases have been reported from the urban areas while 559 from the rural areas.
The report further confirms that 963 cases have been registered by police while 91 cases are yet to be registered. And 150 cases are unknown to police.
The report reveals 120 cases from Lahore in which 94 are girls and 26 boys. These cases are divided into four sections in accordance with the age of the victims. The first section includes 13 cases of 16 to 18 years, the second includes 44 cases of 11 to 15 years, third includes 19 cases of 6 to 10 years while the last includes 10 cases of one to five years old victims. Around 34 cases were reported in which the victims are yet to be confirmed.