Over 17,000 children abused across the country in past 5 years, NA told

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(62 News) – National Assembly of Pakistan has passed a bill for protection of children and minors, following a public outcry in the wake of the Kasur incident.

Minister of Human Rights, Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar addressed the issue and presented a statistical report conducted by a non-government organisation, which states that over the past 5 years, 17,862 children became the victims of abuse. Out of these 13,267 cases were reported to the police while only 112 offenders were punished by courts.

Twenty five offenders were sentenced to death, 11 were sentenced to life imprisonment while 76 received fewer years sentences.

Tarar further said that the entire Pakistani nation was mortified after the Kasur incident, and emphasised that children can only be protected through the introduction of well-planned policies, projects for the well-being of children and more funding towards to execute these measures.

Of the cases of child abuse, which were reported, 10,620 victims were girls and 7,242 victims were boys.

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