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6,444 cases of violence against children reported during 2012

The government miserably failed in providing protection to the children as 6,444 cases of violence against children were recorded during last year 2012 in Pakistan, said Founder of Madadgaar National Helpline, Zia Ahmed Awan on Tuesday. Addressing the news conference here at Madadgaar National Helpline office, Zia Awan said that that last year in 2012, from January till December as many as 6,444 total cases of violence against children were recorded in Pakistan.

Out of total 1,113 children were murdered, 582 kidnapped, 246 sodomized, 455 sexually assaulted, 330 raped and 235 trafficked. Whereas, 476 cases of forced marriages, 188 of Karo Kari, 582 of torture, 195 of Vani cases, and while 355 children committed suicide last year 2012. Out of total cases of violence against children there were 3,682 boys and 2762 victims of child abuse.

These incidents of violence against children were reported in the four provinces of Pakistan. Province-wise division shows that 2,947, the highest number of cases, were reported in Punjab, 1818 in Sindh province, 1,073 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa while 606 in Balochistan.

Referring to Madadgaar National Helpline’s Database, Zia Awan said there is an increase in children violence cases by passing the time. Zia Awan said that government had failed to evolve any strong child protection mechanism. He said the government should take concrete steps to stop violence against children on priority basis. He also called upon political parties, that they should include children rights and interests on priority basis in their manifesto.

He said that government has ratified several conventions and instruments, including the, Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), UN Child Rights Convention (UNCRC) and the ‘two Optional Protocols to the CRC. Although by ratifying these conventions Government is bound to follow it but implementation on these conventions is not in progress. Zia said Madadgaar expressed solidarity with civil society on the incident of gang rape in New Dehli.

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