Child abuse cases on the rise: report
ISLAMABAD, April 13 2006: The child abuse ratio in country is touching the figure of approximately five children a day compared to three a day in 2004. A report compiled by an NGO, Sahil from 27different national and regional newspapers was shared with the audience on the occasion of “Child Friendly Newspaper Award”, here on Wednesday.
The report said 1,719 cases of sexual abuse were reported in the year of 2005 compared to 1,567 in 2004.
Out of the total 1,719 child victims, 422 (25per cent) are boys while the remaining are girls. About 1,127 cases occurred in Punjab, followed by 458 in Sindh, 87 in the federal area, 32in the NWFP and 15 in Balochistan. The NGO claimed that a large number of cases of sexual abuse went unreported. The most vulnerable group of children is between the age of 11-15years both for boys and girls, where 65percent of the victims are girls and the remaining are boys.