Draft law on children rights prepared -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Draft law on children rights prepared

ISLAMABAD, June 24 2005: The government has prepared a comprehensive draft law on the rights of children, which will be placed before the parliament in its next sitting. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Sher Afgan Khan Niazi, stated this while addressing a seminar on children rights jointly organised by Unicef, Ministry of Social Welfare and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs here on June 23.

He said currently 39 different laws were in place in the country but none of them have so far been implemented.

He said child abuse is reality and the issue must be addressed with a rational approach. The minister said current laws on children rights were in scattered form and did not deal with all issues relating to children.

Niazi said the media revolution has impacted both adults and the ads and obscene programmes were spoiling morale.

In some religious schools, the child abuse is common and the clergy must accept the reality and seek remedies, minister said adding the issue of child abuse in the transport sector was never highlighted where the truck drivers were involved in sexual abuse of the children, while the same children when grown up become drivers of heavy transport and follow the practices of their predecessors.

Niazi said the changing social norms have also degraded the social values while the widening poor rich gap was also contributing to the social evils, child abuse one of them.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:6/24/2005