A report by child protection organization reveals that over 10 children were sexually abused on an average daily basis between January and June.
In line with the report, termed “Sahil’s Six Months Cruel Numbers 2021”, an average number of children abuse has surged by two children per day as compared to the last year’s January-June report.
“This year, 81 daily national and regional newspapers were monitored during January-June 2021 to collect data on Child Sexual Abuse, Abduction, Missing Children, and the cases of Early Forced Marriages,” the report conveyed.
The report reveals data composed from all four provinces of Pakistan as well as Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), besides Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), showed that over 1,896 cases of child abuse were reported in the period.
Out of which, 1,084 cases were of children getting sexually abused, 523 were cases of kidnapping, 238 cases of missing children, and 51 cases of child marriages.
Moreover, it is also stated that girls’ mishap cases made a greater total than boys, making 53% (1,103) and 47% (883) respectively.
The report discloses that “children from the age group 6-15 are most vulnerable to abuse”.
Furthermore, almost 640 youngsters from the age group 11-15 years while 409 children from 6-10 years of age fell prey to different types of abuses in the last six months.
The statistics divulge that Punjab reports 60% of the total cases and 6% from the ICT.
While other provinces including Sindh reports 26% cases, KPK records 5%, and 3% cases were documented from Balochistan, and AJK & GB.
From the total cases, rural areas reported 58% cases, and 42% cases were recorded from urban areas.
Sahil, the speaker who revealed the report, is the part of a child protection organization since 1996, especially associated with the up-root of child sexual abuse (CSA). He has an aim to cultivate a society and atmosphere where every child should be secure, safe, and protected from abuse, particularly from sexual abuse.