Pakistan witnessed an unprecedented increase in child abuse cases in 2021, the report said.

Islamabad, May 16: In Pakistan, child abuse cases increased unprecedentedly in 2021 and most of the cases involved boys. Details by SAAHIL, a non-governmental organization working on child protection, have revealed surprising statistics showing a massive surge in child abuse cases from major cities in the country.

According to details, the city of Kasur, Punjab, received worldwide attention after a large number of cases of child abuse and child pornography, but in 2021, at least 298 cases occurred, the most. It remains at the top of the list as a vulnerable city. Child Abuse Report 2020: COVID-19 Death of a black child in a pandemic.

Surprisingly, the twin cities Rawalpindi and the capital Islamabad are the second and third most vulnerable, with 292 cases reported from the former and 247 cases reported from the latter.

“In 2021, more than half (52 percent) of the total of 3,852 cases were reported from 10 districts,” SAAHIL said in its findings. In addition to Kasul, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, cases were also recorded in Faisalabad (237), Gujranwala (198), Sialkot (186), Khairpur (152), Lahore (150), Okara (120) and Muzafargar (107). it was done.

The number of abuses in 2021 was 1,000, an increase of at least 14% from the first half of 2020. SAAHIL said the Covid-19 pandemic was one of the main reasons behind the increase in the number of sexual abuse cases. Country.

“The children were at home and more than 55 percent of their abusers were acquaintances,” he said. Interestingly, the number of child sexual abuses reported by SAAHIL reveals that boys were much more abused than girls.

Although the statistics are for reported cases, experts and child rights activists claim that the number of unreported cases of abuse is much higher than for registered cases.

(The above story was first published on May 16, 2022 at 4:38 pm IST. Log on to our website for news and updates on politics, the world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle. please.

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