SIALKOT: Speakers at a Consultation Session on Violence against Children’s held here, have urged the government to ensure the early implementation on the laws pertaining to protection of child rights and ensure provide Violence free Society to the Children.
The event was organized at local hotel Sialkot by Child Rights Committee Sialkot (SPARC) to “How to Eliminate Violence against Children”.
SP (Headquarters) Sialkot Asad Sarfraz Khan, EDO (Community Development) Sialkot Abdul Hameed Qasim, DO Social Welfare Muhammad Nawaz Khan, MPA Zulfiqar Ghori and Inspector Mobashir Ahmed (Incharge Child Protection Desk, Sialkot Police) Ch. Sharife Ghumman Deputy District officer, Tabassum Shabir Social welfare officer and the others were guests on the occasion.
The consultation session was also attended by representatives of different civil society organizations, lawyers, students, journalists and government officials.
Muhammad Arslan Khan (District Coordinator SPARC CRC Sialkot) said there was a disturbing rise in child abuse cases in Pakistan. Child abuse is the worst crime imaginable. Every day, on average 3.9 percent children are sexually assaulted in the country. And the figure excludes abductions. The incidents of violence against and abuse of children are so widespread that any and every child may become a victim of sexual abuse, anywhere and by anyone.
Most of these children are abused by someone they know and trust, like a relative, family friend or a caretaker. But there are also cases where unfamiliar people are found guilty of abuse of minors.
According to SPARC Child Rights Committee Sialkot, the reason is lack of proper law enforcement, negligence of parents and lack of awareness among the children and the society.
SP (HQs) Sialkot Asad Sarfraz Said on the occasion that Child sexual abuse is a matter of grave concern for the society. It is a global phenomena and the developed nations had adopted strict measures to protect their children from such incidents. But ingloriously, our government is not interested in taking any serious action in this matter. Unfortunately, there is no ministry of Children in Pakistan. The government should run awareness programs throughout the country especially in rural areas where the cases are more, as part of school curriculum. This will help in many ways. At least an effort could be made and it is not something to be shown any reservation. We need to educate and encourage responsible members of the community to report cases of abuse/neglect and for the authorities to act on this information…we all have a responsibility here, he added.
EDO (Community Devolvement) Abdul Hameed Qasim said the major factor for child abuse in Pakistan was the easy access of people to children due to the negligence of parents. The effects of child abuse include guilt, nightmares, insomnia, etc. To ensure the rights and protection of women and children in Pakistan, the concerned authorities should take serious steps to protect violence against women and children also said that he will issue a order to union Council Sectaries to start a awareness campaign for Protection of Child rights with collaboration of SPARC Child Rights Committee Sialkot, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Member of Provincial Assembly Punjab Zulfiqar Ghori said that the government was committed to protecting rights of children. He said that PML N would try its best to protect child Rights in the province and Pakistan eliminate violence against children.
“The government welcomes all stakeholders to join hands for protecting child rights,” the MPA said. He added that protection of child rights was on the priority of government and they would make major changes at policy level in that connection.
Muhammad Arslan khan asked the government to take effective steps to pass all pending legislation pertaining to children and fulfil its international commitments regarding human rights and child rights.