Grave Requirement of Constituting and Implementing Laws against Child Abuse
28th July 2021.
The individuals in Pakistan are equal and have equal rights of protection, this is stated in article 25 (1) of Pakistan’s Constitution. The statement is very clear and direct yet many children in Pakistan are exploited and face child abuse everywhere. Numerous unfortunate children go suffer daily abuse be it physical, psychological, or sexual. International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse (ISPCAN) reports that there is a total of 41.69 % of children, exploited one way or the other.
Currently, this issue is of a great deal in Pakistan as many families use their children to fulfill their basic human necessities. These children at a young age go out to earn such facilities and are exploited by many adults. They get indulged in child labor, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, and other illegal heinous crimes.
Children are considered innocent and naïve and are treated accordingly, people knowing their vulnerable sides attack them and emotionally blackmail them. There are numerous cases of rape of children that occurred at their workplaces. There is a stack of cases regarding such incident happened in last decade.
Child abuse has become a curse to Pakistani society. There are socio-economic causes behind this. Eight kids were manhandled each day in Pakistan in one way or the other while 51 % of the casualties were girls and 49 % boys’ information and data provided by a concerned non-Governmental organization. 2,960 significant illegal acts against children were accounted for in the four regions, including Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in 2020.
There must be better laws and orders against child abusers. The government needs to structure laws and orders in a way that they are implemented and every criminal who abuses a child gets punishment, a Punishment that everyone is scared of to not commit such an act.
Please contact the Legal Research Institute of Pakistan for further assistance.