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According to the report released on Tuesday by Sahil there were 2846 child abuse cases reported from all four provinces including Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan (GB) in 2019.

The Sahil 'Cruel Numbers 2019', data on child sexual abuse, abduction, missing children and child marriages is collected from reported cases in 84 newspapers during 2019. According to the report there are 778 cases of abductions, 405 cases of missing children, 348 sodomy cases, 279 rape cases, 210 attempted rapes, 205 gang sodomy cases, and 115 cases of gang rape. A total of 104 cases of child marriages were recorded by Sahil in 2019. The data reveals that in one day, more than 8 children were abused.

The gender divide shows that out of the total 2846 cases of child abuse, 54% of victims were girls and 46% were boys. Age-wise information shows that children are most vulnerable to abuse in the age group of 6-15 years. The research shows that children as young as 0-5 years are also sexually abused. A total of 35 incest cases were reported out of which 30 were girls and 5 boys.

A total number of 3722 abusers are identified, and 2222 were the acquaintances of the victims. Out of the total number of 2846 cases, 64% (1816) were reported from rural areas and 36% (1030) cases were reported from urban areas.

Provincial Coordinator Sahil Ansar Sajjad Bhatti and Regional Legal Aid Coordinator Sahil Atif Adnan Khan presented new analysis regarding juvenile abusers cases, demographics of pornography cases, and a pilot compilation of two months data on children's lives at risk of death and severe injury. Total 70 cases of pornography were identified.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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