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=> KARACHI – Street crime rate is on rise day by day

KARACHI – Street crime rate is on rise day by day while a number of children are also involved in the addiction and trafficking of drugs in the city, revealed a study report prepared by the Initiator Human Development Foundation (IHDF) issued on Thursday.

More then 15,000 street children in Karachi alone are being used for sexual abuse, revealed the report. Giving details to The Nation, President IHDF Asif Rana Habib disclosed that several mafias operating in the metropolis used street children and compelled them to commit different crimes reported in the city. He added that mostly street children were teenager adding that 30 percent were involved as pick-pockets, 30 percent in stealing in shops and houses while the same percentage of the Bengali, Burmese and Afghan were among the street children. He said that mostly these children were involved in drug addictions such as heroin, hashish and sedative tablets and injections easily available at medical stores in the city.

Asif Rana further said that scores of street children have been facing various problems for earning their bread therefore 54 percent of them were involved in beggary while 4 percent others earned their livelihood by washing cars. He added that street children were seen in various areas including, Burns road, Radio Pakistan Road, Ayesha Manzil, Federal B Area, Gurumandir, Hassan Square Road, Chanisar Goth, Machchar Colony, Liaquatabad No-10, Lee Market Lyari, Nipa Chowrangi, Babar Chowragi, Korangi, Maripore and other parts of the city where police have totally failed in controlling street crimes. He said that major reasons behind the increasing number of the street children included domestic violence, corporal punishment at religious seminaries and the public and private schools.

He said that children were being assaulted sexually at the mini-cinema houses operating at various localities in the city adding that around more then 100 mini-cinema houses were operating in Lines Area, Essa Nagar, Bodar Camp, New Karachi, Chanisar Goth Kala Pul, Machchar Colony, 100 Quarters Korangi, Bilal Colony and others.

He regretted that Children Protection Bill was only implemented by the Punjab government while former federal government had asked the concerned ministry to chalk out proposal for the CPB but failed to implement it in other provinces.
Source: The Nation
Date:1/25/2008