Punjab CM forms prevention of child abuse committee for recommending measures

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, on Saturday, has formed a committee on safeguarding children to review and recommend measures to prevent the increasing trend of child abuse, according to a notification issued Saturday.

Minister for law will be the convener of the committee with the minister for schools as the co-convener.

The committee will use smart technology to monitor places frequented by children such as parks and schools and will recommend changes in legislation to include child abuse awareness in the school curriculum.

The first session of the committee has been summoned on Sunday and it has been directed to submit recommendations to CM Punjab by January 16.

Child abuse awareness will be taught in the school syllabus, said Government of Punjab Spokesperson Malik Ahmad Khan, adding that there is no other choice than to make the subject a part of the syllabus.

“We have no other choice than to include it in the syllabus. We have to remove taboos on the issue. We will also hold dialogue with the people who oppose this move,” he said while speaking on private TV channel programme.

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