Violence against children on rise

Karachi: Violence against children on rise in Pakistan, said Founder of Madadgaar National Helpline Zia Ahmed Awan speaking at a press briefing here on Tuesday.

He said that his helpline last year from January till December recorded 6444 cases of violence against children in Pakistan. He said last year 1113 children were murdered, 582 kidnapped, 246 sodomized, 455 sexually assaulted, 330 raped and 235 trafficked.

He said 476 cases of forced marriages, 188 of Karokari, 582 of torture, 195 of Vani were reported, and while 355 children committed suicide. He said 1374 children were injured. Out of total cases of violence against children there were 3682 boys and 2762 victim of child abuse.

Province-wise division shows that 2947 were reported in Punjab, 1818 in Sindh, 1073 in KhyberPakhtunkhwa and 606 in Balochistan.