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Children’s sexual abuse, women kidnapping cases witness shocking increase during 2019

ISLAMABAD— In a shocking revelation, the Federal Capital has witnessed an alarming increase in cases of violence against women and sexual abuse cases during the year of 2019.

According to the report, the numbers of children sexually abused in 2018 rose to 159 percent in 2019. While cases of violence against women increased upto 38 percent in the Federal Capital, reveals official data. However, there is 8 percent decrease in overall crime cases in the capital as compared to 2018.

According to data availed through Right to Information from Islamabad Police, 57 number of child abuse cases were reported in different police stations of Islamabad during 2019 which were only 22 in 2018.

According to data availed through Right to Information from Islamabad Police, more than 57 cases of child abuse were reported in the federal capital. There were 22 cases of the child abuse in the year of 2018.

Out of the 57 cases, 38 victims were boys while rest were 9 girls who were sexually abused. In May 2019, a gruesome incident was reported when 10-year-old girl – Farishta – was raped and murdered in the jurisdiction of Chak Shahzad police station in Islamabad.

There are still cases that were not reported related to child abuse and domestic violence, shows statistics. The report shows that 8 boys and a girl complaint to police about abuse.

The cases of violence against women were increased 38 percent as compared to 2018. There were 79 cases in 2018 while there were 109 in 2019. The cases were 43 cases of violence, 31 cases of women kidnapping and 35 cases of Rape.

This scribe made several attempts to spoke to police officials on the increase of cases against children and women. However, no official is ready to talk after issuing a notification issued by the establishment division which have bared the government officials to give any version to the media persons without prior permission.

The non-government organization, Sahil, which works for the child welfare, highlighted the need for creating awareness among children on the subject and stated that incident of child abuse witnessed increase due to the social culture of keeping the girls indoors.

Islamabad enjoys the status of being one of the safest cities in the country when it comes to women’s safety. But the alarming rise in kidnapping cases in the city should be a matter of concern.

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