11 children abused every day in Pakistan: Study

According to a report released by Sahil, a non-profit NGO working for child protection, at least 4,213 children were abused across Pakistan in 2023, with an average of 11 children abused annually across Pakistan. This excludes cases of child sexual abuse, kidnapping, missing children, and child marriage. News from Jio News.

This information emerged in Sahil’s report titled ‘Cruel Numbers 2023’ released on Thursday with the help of the National Commission for Human Rights (NCRH).

The NCHR statement quoted the report as saying that in 2023, a total of 4,213 cases of child abuse were reported from four provinces, including Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), and Gilgit Baltistan (GB).

The total number of cases includes cases of child sexual abuse, kidnapping, cases of missing children, and cases of child marriage.

A gender breakdown analysis shows that of the total reported cases of child abuse, 2,251 (53 percent) were girls and 1,962 (47 percent) were boys. Children between the ages of 6 and 15 are the most abused. Boys outnumber girls in this age range.

Children aged 0 to 5 years have also been victims of sexual abuse. Relatives, family members, strangers, and female instigators are the most involved in child sexual abuse.

According to the report, a total of 91 percent of these cases were registered by the police.Geographical breakdown statistics show that out of a total of 4,213 cases, 75 percent are from Punjab, 13 percent from Sindh, 7 percent from Islamabad Capital Region, 3 percent from KP, and 2 percent from Balochistan.