Islamabad, 22nd March, 2017: Sahil held its Child Friendly Newspaper, Best Volunteer Award and launch of Cruel Numbers 2016, here on Wednesday in Serena Hotel Islamabad. Sahil awarded Child Friendly Newspaper Award and Best Volunteer Award, 2016 to nominees from all over the country.
On the occasion Sahil launched “Cruel Numbers 2016”, a research on child sexual abuse cases reported in newspapers during 2016. The purpose of the research is to provide fact and figures about child sexual abuse and its dynamics and to contribute to existing information on CSA in Pakistan.
The findings of “Cruel Numbers 2016” shows that the total number of CSA cases including abduction, missing children and child marriage in 2016, stand at a staggering 4139. This data brings the number of abused children to 11 per day. This figure also shows an increase of 10% from the previous year.
The year reported cases under major crime categories are; abduction 1455, rape 502, sodomy 453, gang rape 271, gang sodomy 268 and 362 cases of attempt of CSA. An even more serious crime is committed when the victim is murdered. A total of 100 victims were murdered after sexual assaults.
On the occasion the award for child friendly newspaper was presented in three categories, i.e. National, Regional and Local newspaper. The awards were presented to Daily Nawa-i-Waqt Lahore, winner of the award in the national category, Daily Kawish Hyderabad winner of the award in regional category and Daily City 42 winner of the award in local category.
Mr. Muhammad Ilyas Bhaagat received the Best Volunteer Award and 4 special mention awards for volunteers were also presented on the basis of the initiatives taken by them in their respective communities to raise awareness on child protection.
Dr. Manizeh Bano, Executive Director Sahil, shared a presentation to highlight the 20 years journey of Sahil from 1997 to 2017, with a clear vision “No one has to be a victim of Child Sexual Abuse”.
Chief Guest of the event National Commissioner for children Mr. Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi commented the work of Sahil for protecting the rights of the Children in Pakistan.
First Secretary Development, the Royal Norwegian Embassy Mr. Tom Jorgen Martinussen was guest of honor of the award ceremony.
This year Cruel Numbers 2016 has been compiled from monitoring of 86 Newspapers (National, Regional and Local).
The objectives of this report are:
• To provide facts and figures about child sexual abuse and its dynamics.
• To contribute to existing information on CSA in Pakistan.
• To contribute towards spreading awareness and information about CSA to all sectors of the society.
The fight against child sexual abuse is showing an increase in registration of cases. The total number of CSA cases including abduction, missing children and child marriage in 2016, stand at a staggering 4139. This data brings the number of abused children to 11 per day. This figure also shows an increase of 10% from the previous year.
This year reported cases under major crime categories are; abduction 1455, rape 502, sodomy 453, gang rape 271, gang sodomy 268 and 362 cases of attempt of CSA.
An even more serious crime is committed when the victim is murdered. A total of 100 victims were murdered after sexual assaults.
Following the previous year’s data, more girls have been sexually abused this year as well. Cruel Numbers data reveals that 2410 girls and 1729 boys are victims of sexual exploitation.
A total 6759 abusers were involved in 2810 cases. The largest groups identified were 1765 acquaintances, 798 strangers, acquaintance with stranger in 589 cases.
Like previous years, the highest percentage of vulnerable age group among both girls and boys was 11to15 years. And the second vulnerable age group is 6 to10 years.
The data shows sexual abuse can occur anywhere, at any time, therefore children are not safe. Statistics show 34% of cases of sexual assault took place within enclosed areas whereas 16% case took place in open spaces.
The time period of abuse shows that 97% of the children were abused once. In 3% of the cases, children were abused for more than a day.
Province–wise division shows that 2676 cases of abuse were reported from Punjab, followed by 987 cases reported from Sindh, 166 from Balochistan, 156 from Federal Capital Islamabad, 141 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, only 9 from Azad Jammu Kashmir and 4 cases were reported from Gilgit Baltistan.
The Urban–Rural divide shows that 76% cases were reported from rural areas whereas 24% of cases were reported from the urban areas of all the cases, 78% were registered with the police, 32 cases were unregistered, whereas police refused to register an FIR for 142 cases.
Abduction cases have shown an increase by 19% from 1386 cases in 2015 to 1654 cases in 2016. On average 5 children are being abducted every day.
Out of the total 199 cases of abduction and child sexual abuse, 83% (165) victims were girls and 17% (34) victims were boys. Another alarming situation reported was, 41% boys have been murdered after the abduction and sexual abuse.
Sahil has started recording child marriages since 2012 as it a sexual crime against young girls which is now being reflected in the print media. In 2016, 176 cases of child marriages were reported