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Senate panel passes bill against child abuse

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ISLAMABAD: Almost seven months after the country’s largest child sex abuse case was uncovered, a Senate panel on Wednesday passed a bill which criminalises — among other offences — child pornography, mental and physical abuse while proposing severe punishments. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was passed by the Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights […]

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JIT confirms cases, questions media claims

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ISLAMABAD: An investigation into Kasur child abuse scandal sifts facts from fiction bringing to fore the face behind the case and how the media was maneuvered to amplify the tragedy that was being exploited for settling scores on a property dispute. A Joint Investigation Team drawing representation from the police, IB and ISI confirms that […]

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Sindh police not conversant with laws on human rights, workshop told

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LARKANA: Speakers at a training workshop said police were not fully conversant with the laws dealing with fundamental human rights violations such as domestic violence, child abuse, tribal conflicts, violation of minorities’ rights and therefore these laws were not enforced in letter and spirit. They were speaking at the two-day workshop to train police officials […]

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PM urges steps to ensure child safety

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Min­i­ster Nawaz Sharif has urged all provincial governments to take measures for implementing the recommendations of the National Comm­ission for Human Rights to ensure a safe environment for children. According to a statement released by the PM Office on Thursday, the provinces have been asked to put in place the requisite policy and […]

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Heart of darkness — Child victims and the media

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With the approaching one year anniversary of the Army Public School massacre, we are sure to see on our TV screens, reporters shoving microphones in the faces of the victims’ families. The same inane question, “Aap ko kehsa mehsoos ho raha hai” will be flung from one bulletin to the next. For those of us […]

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Rallies, seminars in Sindh to highlight human rights violations

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HYDERABAD: Civil society organisations and nationalist parties in parts of Sindh held various programmes to mark the International Human Rights Day on Thursday. In Hyderabad, rights activists took out a procession under the banner of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Hyderabad special task force. Carrying banners and placards, and shouting slogans in favour […]

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NCHR calls for establishing trauma, counselling centres for Kasur victims

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ISLAMABAD: The National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) in order to ensure speedy justice to the victims of Kasur’s child sex scandal will seek monthly progress report from the chief secretary of Punjab. The NCHR also will hold frequent interactions with the joint investigation committee through the office of the inspector general of police, Punjab. […]

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The way forward: Even with laws, child rights not being upheld, lament activists

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KARACHI: Activist Rubina Brohi, who spent her childhood playing out on the streets, doesn’t let her six-year-old daughter go outside to the nearby shop, even with the girl’s father. “I don’t give her permission to go. I feel insecure…” Taking the discussion further, chairperson of the Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC), Justice (retd) Majida Rizvi, […]

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Sensitised : Journalists in Peshawar trained on child abuse coverage

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To sensitise the media on issues such as child abuse, the Federal Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights arranged a workshop in the city on Monday. “The idea is to impart knowledge on how to protect child rights while covering stories for the media,” said the ministry’s Deputy Director Haroonur Rehman. “Journalists in Pakistan […]

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Child sexual abuse cases rise by 17%, says UNICEF-funded study

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ISLAMABAD: Although it may not be widely acknowledged, but it is hard to ignore the prevalence of child sexual abuse, exploitation and neglect in Pakistan. According to a Unicef-funded study on “The State of Children in Pakistan” by the Children’s Complaints Office (CCO), Islamabad, existing laws suffer from weak implementation. The criminal justice system is […]

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Credible proofs of child sexual abuse in Kasur

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LAHORE: An HRCP-AGHS fact-finding mission says it has received credible testimonies indicating large-scale sexual abuse of children over many years in Husain Khanwala village of Kasur district. It is clear that a heinous crime has been committed against children. The references made to a land dispute in the village are irrelevant and nothing can justify […]

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Kasur child abuse scandal ‘not organised crime’

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ISLAMABAD: At least 16 suspects, including the alleged mastermind of the child pornography ring at the heart of the Kasur child abuse scandal, have been arrested. But on Monday, the officer responsible for the investigation into the scandal told the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights that the incident should not be treated as “organised […]

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Senate, NA committees to discuss child protection rights

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ISLAMABAD: Two committees of the National Assembly and Senate will next week take up the issue of the setting up of a national commission for protection of rights of the children. The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights is scheduled to discuss the matter on Monday triggered by the child abuse in Kasur. The National […]

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Child abuse case emerges in Multan

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MULTAN: Police have booked five accused out of eight in a child abuse scandal in Multan. The accused were said to have captured videos with the threat of uploading them on internet on disclosure of the tragedy. Police have also conducted raids in search of the rest of the three accused. According to the police, […]

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