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Child Abuse in Pakistan – By Seemal Nawaz

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Child Abuse in Pakistan
پاکستان میں بچوں سے زیادتی
पाकिस्तान में बाल शोषण

“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”
“Children are the true connoisseurs, what’s precious to them has no price just value.”
“Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploration”
“The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of the world.”

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Children Are Innocent

A child when born is innocent light, pure, and free of all the filth and sin. And after spending a lifetime, we return to the same source that first created us in the purest form with a unique secret in every child.

Every child is a source of light, hope, and a new beginning. May be an inspiration that parents have been longing for. It is a form of pure love and the chance to change received from God. Children are born with blank slates. They mimic what they see instead what they are told to do. So while teaching them something, make sure you show that in your actions for them to “actually” learn.

Children are the most wonderful, curious, and innocent beings. Sometimes, no matter how mature an adult is, a few inspiring words by an innocent child can shift one’s dimension to think and view things.

You might have heard people saying “sometimes you gotta act like a 4-year-old to be happy” so no matter how you old you have grown up. Sometimes you have to give yourself a let out by enjoying small things like innocent kids do. And in those moments you will realize the bliss of innocence you once enjoyed as a child.

What happened to us? Children have so many wonderfully innocent and naive traits. It’s these traits that draw us to them. They make us laugh and their purity and innocence is what makes living with children so special. We love to retell their funny stories. But, where does the innocence go? It seems the world has a way of beating and pushing it out of us. I have so often thought about how sad it is that the world imposes all these negative and heart-wrenching traits on us. It has taught us to be selfish and greedy; what is mine is mine. It’s constantly teaching us that there is no time to just ‘be’ and enjoy the moment. We are constantly on the run, on the go!

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The definition of innocence

When we talk about protecting the innocence of children, it’s important to understand what we mean by “innocence”. The term can have different interpretations depending on who you ask. On a basic level, innocence refers to a lack of guilt or wrongdoing. When applied to children, it means that they are free from moral corruption and naivety in their understanding of the world around them.

Innocence is characterized by qualities such as purity, simplicity, and trustfulness. Innocent children are naturally curious and open-minded without any preconceived notions or biases towards others.

However, innocence also encompasses vulnerability because innocent children don’t always know how to recognize or protect themselves against potential dangers.

It’s crucial for society as a whole- including parents, caregivers, teachers and preachers to respect this definition of innocence so that we can work together in creating safe environments where kids can grow and develop freely without fear or harm.

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Child Abuse in Pakistan

Child Abuse in Pakistan, a very sensitive yet very important and crucial issue that needs to be addressed at any given cost. Child abuse in Pakistan is a serious and widespread issue that crosses social, cultural, and regional borders. It refers to different types of mistreatment and exploitation, such as assault on all levels including physical, emotional and psychological assault, as well as indifference. Despite the attempts being made by the government and non-governmental organizations, also known as NGOs, to deal with the issue, child abuse in Pakistan remains widespread.

Thus what are the factors that contribute towards such atrocious acts and what can be done on both national and international levels to stop this evil disease from spreading?

This article aims to delve into finding the answers to those questions. But before getting into the main details, it is very important for us to understand about the child abuse first. Recognizing child abuse is something very critical in developing a strategy to deal with the problem.

What is ‘Child Abuse’?

The World Health Organization describes child abuse as all kinds of emotional and physical maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse, and exploitation under the age of 18 that damages a child’s health, development, and dignity. Child maltreatment encompasses both intentional and unintentional actions. This can refer to the use of abusive words or behaviors that cause actual or potential harm to children. Acts of omission, often known as neglect, occur when caregivers fail to meet a child’s basic physical, emotional, or educational requirements. This can also include protection against any physical harm.

There are several ways through which the abuse can take place. This can occur from individuals for example parents, relatives or any outsider, institutions such as hostels or schools, or during events such as war or famine. All of these factors negatively impact a child’s healthy development into adulthood. With that being said, child abuse is a widespread but seldom acknowledged as a social problem in Pakistan.

Childhood abuse, comprising both physical and emotional forms, has the potential to give rise to a diverse range of physical and mental health complications. These issues encompass a range of conditions, including prevalent mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), self-injurious behavior such as self-harm, personality pathology characterized by disturbances in one’s self-concept and interpersonal relationships, psychosis involving a detachment from reality, and even sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) resulting from the heightened susceptibility and risky behaviors commonly observed among individuals who have undergone childhood abuse.

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What are the different types of ‘Child Abuse’?

Child abuse can be defined in clear and straight words but it’s description just doesn’t end there. Child abuse is not just confined to its definition rather it has different types as well. So what exactly are they and how can we know about them? Let’s take a look!

Physical Abuse

Whenever the issue of child abuse is being talked about, physical abuse comes first. Physical abuse can include punishment through contact, smashing, throwing, beating, and so on. Physical violence is sometimes used by parents and teachers to enforce discipline. It is also used sometimes as a way to release wrath on youngsters while instilling dread in their hearts. This is prevalent in Pakistan, whether in a madrasah, a school, or at home. The victim of physical abuse is unable to grow naturally because he/she expends more energy avoiding the rage of parents or teachers.

According to a study, which was named “Prevalence of Child Abuse among University Students: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study in the University of the Punjab” was conducted by two student from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. The study aimed to know about the figures regarding child abuse in the country and a standardized instrument, known as ICAST-R of ISPCAN, which stands for International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, was used to determine the prevalence of child abuse. This research involved 274 students from the four-year BS program. According to the report, physical abuse is the most common, accounting for 57% of cases, with male victims, standing at 68%, outnumbering female victims which were at 46%.

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Signs of Physical abuse

Most children will collect cuts and bruises as part of the rough-and-tumble of daily life. Injuries should always be interpreted in light of the child’s medical and social history. Most accidental bruises are seen over bony parts of the body e.g. elbows, knees, shins and are often on the front of the body.

Some children, however, will have bruising that is more likely to be inflicted rather than accidental. Indicators of physical abuse could include bruises or injuries that are either unexplained or inconsistent with the explanation given, or visible or the ‘soft’ parts of the body where accidental injuries are unlikely, this could be on their cheeks, abdomen, back and buttocks.  Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, drowning, burning or scalding, poisoning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child or failing to protect a child from that harm. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child.

Emotional Abuse

The second type is emotional abuse, which refers to psychological mistreatment that interferes with children’s appropriate mental and social development. Emotional abuse can take many forms, including repeatedly humiliating a youngster, browbeating or threatening him/her, harsh criticism with no sympathy, distorting his/her name or using insulting remarks, and keeping the child apart from other children. According to the aforementioned data, emotional abuse is the second most common type of abuse in Pakistan. It has a prevalence of 53%, with more female victims at a staggering 54% than male victims which were standing at 53% .

Signs of Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe adverse effects on the child’s health and emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person.

Emotional abuse can be difficult to measure, as there are often no outward physical signs. Indicators of emotional abuse may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child from interacting socially with other children or adults. It could involve rejecting or ignoring a child completely, using degrading language or behavior towards them, threatening or bullying them and encouraging them to develop behaviors that are self-destructive.

Emotional abuse also includes radicalizing a child or young person who may be subsequently drawn into terrorist-related activity. People, who work in specified occupations, including health and education, even the family members must report it if they suspect someone is being drawn into terrorism.

Sexual Abuse

The type of abuse that comes on third number is the sexual abuse which involves forcing a child into sexual contact, exhibiting explicit material to youngsters, and exposing a child to sexual portions of the body. Sexual abuse is becoming increasingly prevalent in Pakistan. Pakistani people are more accustomed to various types of abuse than sexual abuse. Neglect, emotional, and physical abuse have grown prevalent. On top of that, this kind of abuse is the worst form of abuse in which a child is physically, psychologically, and socially harmed.

An organization named, Sahil, paints a bleak image of children’s safety. Data from the Sahil organization’s “Annual Cruel Numbers” show that incidences of child sexual abuse have increased since 2010. Furthermore, according to the relevant agency, the number of cases of child sexual abuse was 2,252 in 2010, but increased to 4,139 by 2016.

Similarly, a significant newspaper reports another Sahil report, stating that 2,960 children were sexually abused in 2020. Not only that, but in 2022, a total of 4,253 incidences of child abuse were reported, with half of them being sexual. In 2023, there were 2,227 abuse victims, with girls accounting for more than half of the total which was 54%.

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Signs of Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse involves someone forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. In fact, the majority of children who are sexually abused by a family, friends and religious teachers will have no visible signs at all, due to the attacker not wanting to leave evidence, amongst many other reasons in the grooming process.

Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males; women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children. The activities may involve physical contact including both penetrative and non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching the outside of clothing.

They may also include non-contact activities, such as watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images and grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).

Child Neglect

Whenever child abuse is talked about, one thing that should always be put into consideration is ‘child neglect’. Child neglect can be referred to or is defined as failing to provide a child’s basic needs. Caregivers must prioritize the child’s growth in all areas, including health, education, nutrition, emotional development, housing, and safety, within the available resources. In over 80% of cases, neglect is caused by parents and it has a significant impact on children’s mental development.

Among these, ‘Violence’ and ‘Bullying’ can also be considered as the types of child abuse. Violence can be defined as intentional use of physical force or strength against oneself, others, or a community. This poses a high risk of damage, death, psychological distress, maldevelopment, or deprivation. Bullying, on the other hand, could be mugging, mobbing or severely detrimental deprivation that can be considered synonymous with violence or abuse.

Signs of Neglect

Neglect can be a difficult form of abuse to recognize, yet it can have some of the most lasting and damaging effects on children. Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. The physical signs of neglect may include constant hunger, sometimes stealing food from other children constantly dirty or ‘smelly’, loss of weight, or being constantly underweight and inappropriate clothing for the conditions.

The following changes in behavior in a child or young person may indicate neglect and these include complaining of being tired all the time, not requesting medical assistance and/or failing to attend appointments, having few friends and mentioning being left alone or unsupervised.

These definitions and indicators are not meant to be definitive, but to be viewed as guidance. It is important to remember that many children may exhibit some of these indicators at some time and that the presence of one or more should not be taken solely as proof that abuse is occurring. There are many kinds of support available to children and young people who have experienced abuse once it has been disclosed or identified.

Male Child Prostitution In Pakistan

In Pakistan male prostitutes are believed to be cheaper for clients than female prostitutes. The prime age for male prostitutes is 8 -25. It is likely that even less is known about their working environment and specific problems because the social taboos for boys admitting to sex with male clients are even greater than for girls. Preliminary findings of Sahils (a non-profit organization working for child protection) own research into male child prostitution in northern Punjab show that the children are usually runaways who are coerced by local hotel owners in urban centers to exchange their bodies in return for board and lodging.

This points to the reality that children and adolescents have limited skills to rely on to support themselves, if they need to do so, and that prostitution is often the most practical and lucrative means of providing for themselves. The children surveyed by Sahil allege that police and army soldiers are a significant portion of their clientele. Children as young as age eight were found working as male prostitutes. Although many of these young boys state that they are free to leave whenever they wish, the combination of financial compensation (a child prostitute can bring in up to
Rs. 12,000/month) and lack of alternatives usually cause them to stay and eventually grow up into pimps themselves.

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Child Abuse in Madressahs

Sexual abuse of children in madressahs is not a new phenomenon. But turning a blind eye to it is a sin we keep committing. Despite more and more cases cropping up about molestation of minors taking place in madressahs — the one place that parents thought would be safe — many people still have no inkling about the reality of the situation. Reports about both sexual and corporal abuse of children have been leaked to the media from time to time. Such reports create shock among the public, yet it seems there is still not enough evidence to dissuade parents from sending their children to madressahs or to call for a more institutionalised accountability of them.

The leaked video of ‘Mufti’ Azizur Rehman, who was recorded by the student he was sexually abusing and who wanted finally to present proof of his own exploitation, is only the latest, and most graphic, evidence that the silence around what goes on in many madressahs is criminal.

Madressahs occupy a unique position in Pakistan. Unlike most schools in the country, they often have boarders, young boys who usually come from extremely poor families and faraway towns and villages, and thus at the mercy of the madressahs’ clerical administrations and teachers. The madressah where Azizur Rehman was a teacher is the Jamia Manzoor Al-Islamia, home to more than 500 children between the ages of eight and 25.

Child Marriage is Child Abuse

  •  About 40 million girls ages 15-19 are currently married or in a union worldwide.
  • Each year, some 12 million more girls will marry before reaching age 18 – and of those, 4 million are under age 15.
  • By 2030, it’s estimated that 150 million girls will lose their childhoods due to child marriage.

Child marriage is formal or informal union before age 18. It is a violation of children’s human rights and a form of gender-based violence that robs children of childhood. Child marriage also disrupts their education and drives vulnerability to violence, discrimination and abuse.

Early marriage has devastating consequences for a girl’s life. Effectively, child marriage ends her childhood. Girls are forced into adulthood before they is physically and mentally ready. Child brides are frequently deprived of their rights to health, education, safety and participation. What’s more, an arranged marriage often means a girl is forced to wed an, at times significantly, older man.

Girls married young are far less likely to stay in school, with lifelong economic impacts. They are often isolated, with their freedom curtailed. They are at higher risk of physical and sexual violence. Child brides are also at greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth, contracting HIV/AIDS and suffering domestic violence.

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Forced Marriage Warning Signs

Family History

  • Unreasonable restrictions by parents, such as being placed on “house arrest” or not being allowed to speak with others without supervision
  • Family disputes or conflicts, or mentions of “honor” violence
  • Siblings or other family members who had forced or early marriages.
  • Self-harm or suicide attempts by siblings
  • Death of a parent
  • Unexpected or unfamiliar visitors or houseguests

Health Issues

  • Mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, isolation, emotional withdrawal, self-harm, or attempted suicide
  • Early, unwanted, or concealed pregnancy
  • FGM/C or virginity tests, or other increased attention to gynecological health or fertility
  • Accompanied by family members to all visits never left alone with provider

Law Enforcement Issues

  • Family reports individual for substance abuse, theft, shoplifting, etc.
  • Reports of violence, abuse, death threats in family home against individual or other family members
  • Individual or siblings reported missing or runaway

Education/Employment Issues

  • Planned or threat of unusual travel overseas, especially to “visit a sick family member” or “for someone else’s wedding”
  • Fear of upcoming holidays or breaks, or lack of confidence that they will return to school or work afterwards
  • Sudden withdrawal from school or work, especially if pressured by family
  • Frequent, persistent, unexplained absences
  • Surveillance by siblings or other family members
  • Unusual decline in behavior, grades, punctuality, performance
  • Withdrawal from school by parents/forced to quit job

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Is ‘Child Abuse’ only happening in Pakistan?

As a matter of fact, child abuse is something that is happening worldwide, however, Pakistan is one of those countries where it’s happening a bit more. Violence, Child Abuse, and Neglect are global issues and violence is not limited by geography, ethnicity, country, religion, or gender. Issues related to socioeconomic status are often overlooked. Every year, 500 million to 1.5 million children worldwide experience violence, while 73 to 150 million girls face abuse.

In the USA, almost 3 million cases of child abuse and neglect have been reported. This causes over 2,000 fatalities and 18,000 permanent disabilities annually in the USA. One in every four girls and one in every seven boys experience sexual molestation throughout their childhood. Child abuse and neglect kills more children under the age of five than accidents do. Common forms of child abuse and neglect include physical neglect, standing at 64.1%, physical abuse which is at 16%, sexual abuse at 8.8%, and emotional neglect at 6.6%.

Not only that, but the neighboring countries of Pakistan face similar challenges. Child abuse is prevalent in New Delhi, accounting for more than 83%. In such cases, there were more than 72% male and 65% female who were reported as the victims. What’s shocking here is that approximately 89% of such crimes were committed, not by outsiders, but by their own family members.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, once had around 40,000 youngsters engaging in prostitution. Western pedophile sex tourists primarily exploited minors and these minors were actually used by them. In 2006, 549,000 foreign tourists visited Sri Lanka, and the expected amount for 2010 is over one million. Authorities were afraid that the growing number of international tourists might fuel the pedophilic sex industry, which isn’t something appreciated by many.

In Pakistan, because there is no obligatory reporting of sexual abuse cases, numerous regions of the country are far-flung, and literacy rates as well as knowledge of laws are low, a significant percentage of sexual abuse cases go under the radar. Back in 2021, Sahil said in an investigation, demonstrating that the total number of cases in the country could be considerably larger than the non-profit’s data based on newspaper figures. The study showed that children are most susceptible to misconduct in the age group of 6-15 years. It also stated that children, in Pakistan, as young as 0-5 years experienced sexual assault. According to the report of Sahil, children were abused by their friends in 1,780 incidents, while service providers such as teachers, merchants, and drivers were engaged in 91 of them.

According to Sahil’s results, 58% of child abuse instances were reported in Punjab, 29% in Sindh, 7% in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 3% in the Islamabad Capital Territory. The group also revealed that 65 percent of such occurrences occurred in rural areas, while 35 percent occurred in metropolitan centers. While more than eight children are mistreated every day in Pakistan, Sahil estimates that approximately 13% of assault occurrences were not reported to the authorities in a span of the last few years.

What can be done to prevent ‘Child Abuse’ in Pakistan?

In January 2018, a seven year old child named ‘Zainab Ansari’ from Kasur, Pakistan was abducted from hometown whose body was later found discarded, sexually abused and tortured from a garbage disposal site.

This was the first incident of its kind in Pakistan which incited widespread protests and outrage throughout Pakistan. This ultimately led to the passage of Pakistan’s first national child safety law, known as ‘Zainab Alert Bill’. The bill mandates that any individual found convicted of child abuse face a minimum required sentence of life imprisonment, and it also requires legal action against any law enforcement officials who bring about a needless postponement in investigating such cases within two hours of a child being reported missing.

However, before the Zainab case, child sexual abuse was widespread but rarely reported. The Zainab case highlighted the importance of addressing the issue of child abuse. Following the 18th amendment to Pakistan’s constitution (1973) and the completion of the devolution process in 2011, provinces were accountable for legislation and policymaking related to child safety. The Pakistani government has been taking admirable steps to prevent child abuse for some years, yet it all ended in nothing.

Zainab Alert Response and Recovery Agency, also known as ZARRA, was also founded on the Amber Alert model to notify the public and law enforcement authorities about a missing child through One Window operations. Recently, the Punjab Police launched an app called ‘Pukkar 15 calls’ at police stations and service centers, which are significant efforts in eradicating child abuse from the country.

Although the aforementioned initiatives are significant milestones in the right direction, more is required. Some targeted and strongly concentrated efforts for the eradication of child abuse are critically vital. One of the most critical steps in preventing child abuse is to identify it in the very first place. Children typically suffer in silence, therefore it is important to encourage them to open up and communicate. There is an urgent need to provide the child the freedom to express his or her emotions without fear. We need to teach the children about good and bad touch.

Apart from that, the media should play an important role in spreading awareness and sensitizing people about this scourge. National and provincial legislators must evaluate existing child protection legislation and modernize the existing system. The government should organize seminars and workshops in educational institutions to educate children and parents about the issue. The Ministry of Human Rights should play a role in revamping the national child protection center to identify, prevent, and report cases of child abuse.

Another thing that can be done here is the treatment of child abusers. When it comes to child abusers, treatment is essential. Without appropriate therapy, these people are likely to keep up their abusive behavior. However, with treatment, there is hope for improvement.

Treatment for perpetrators of child abuse can be challenging. These individuals frequently deny their difficulties and may be unwilling to seek assistance. There are numerous reasons why child abusers do not seek help. They may not realize that what they are doing is wrong. They may believe that is typical behavior or that the children love it. They may be terrified of getting caught or going to jail. They may be concerned about how others would see them once they find out. Fortunately, there are excellent therapies available.

Education is an extremely important element of treatment. Child abusers need to educate themselves about the consequences of their behavior and how to manage their feelings of rage. They also need to learn new techniques to interact with children. Some child abusers may be able to find assistance from a therapist or counselor. However, it is crucial to realize that not all child abusers will be ready or able to seek assistance. In some circumstances, police enforcement or child protective services may need to intervene to keep children safe.

With the right treatment, child abusers may discover ways to regulate their behavior and make positive adjustments in their life.

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How innocence is destroyed

Innocence is a state of being pure and free from corruption, especially in the context of children. Unfortunately, innocence can be easily destroyed through various means. One way that innocence is destroyed is through exposure to inappropriate media content such as violent movies or video games.

Another way that innocence can be lost is through abuse, whether physical or emotional. A child who has experienced abuse may struggle with trust issues and have difficulty forming healthy relationships later in life. Additionally, peer pressure and bullying can lead children down a dangerous path toward losing their innocence. Children who are exposed to drugs or alcohol at a young age often lose their sense of purity and become desensitized to harmful behaviors.

The internet has become another source for destroying childhood innocence. With easy access to adult content and cyberbullying on social media platforms, parents must remain vigilant about monitoring their child’s online activity.

There are many ways that a child’s innocent nature can be corrupted. As adults responsible for protecting our youth, it’s important we take proactive steps towards shielding them from harm so they can maintain their natural state of purity as long as possible.

Why is it important to protect the innocence of children?

As parents, guardians, and caregivers, we all have a common desire to protect our children. In a world where innocence is hard to come by, it’s more important than ever to safeguard the pure hearts and minds of our little ones. Innocence defines childhood, but unfortunately, it can also be easily destroyed.

Protecting Kids, Innocent Kids, Parents Alert,

It is our responsibility as parents to keep our children safe from harm and to maintain their innocence. However, with so many threats in the world today, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

One of the most important things we can do is stay alert and aware nearby. We need to teach our kids about potential dangers such as strangers or unsafe situations without scaring them unnecessarily.

We also need to set boundaries and establish rules for internet use, screen time, and social media access. It’s easy for children to stumble upon inappropriate content online or interact with individuals who may not have their best interests at heart.

Additionally, building strong relationships with our kids is crucial. When they feel comfortable talking openly with us about anything that may be troubling them, we’re better equipped to take action if needed.

By being proactive in protecting our children’s innocence while also empowering them through knowledge and communication skills – we are setting them up for a brighter future filled with promise.

Conclusion

To bring the whole discussion to an end, every child deserves a safe upbringing, which is an attainable ideal. It is high time to protect children from this evil disease of maltreatment. It is expected that the administration would put its aim of providing children with a safe upbringing into practice. It is imperative that Pakistan’s policy makers spend their whole attention on combating this threat and giving security and peace to the country’s children. The existing system requires modifications to ensure the eternal value of chastity enshrined that is also mentioned in our holy book. Let us hope for a better future for the children of Pakistan.

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Take a look at the innocent faces of little angles. But be careful, there are predators among us  who wish to hurt them. Yes, they will burn in hell eventually, but for now, it is our responsibility to keep children safe from these monsters.

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.”

Heaven can be anything that melts the hardest core inside you with love and softness. Children are that source of affection and warmth that is acquainted with them in any manner feels like taking hold of heaven.

“A child’s innocence is the one gift, that once stolen, can never be replaced.”

By Seemal Nawaz Freelance Writer Pervez Saleem Child Abuse in Pakistan پاکستان میں بچوں سے زیادتی पाकिस्तान में बाल शोषण “Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.” “Children are the true connoisseurs, what’s precious to them has no price just value.” “Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploration” “The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of the world.” Children Are Innocent A child when born is innocent light, pure, and free of all the filth and sin. And after spending a lifetime, we return to the same source that first created us in the purest form with a unique

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