ISLAMABAD: At least 17,000 children were abused in Pakistan during the years of 2013 and 2017, according to a report published by the child protection non-governmental organisation, Sahil.
According to the report that was presented in the National Assembly on Wednesday, 17,862 children – 10,620 girls and 7,242 boys – have suffered abuse in the four years from January 2013-January 2017.
At least 13,267 FIRs (First Information Reports) against child abuse were registered with the police during the period, the report states.
25 convicts were awarded death sentences while 11 convicts were given life sentences in child abuse cases.
According to an earlier report released by Sahil, at least 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across Pakistan on a daily basis.
Sahil has been working since 1996 on child protection, especially focusing on child sexual abuse. Through its work, it creates support systems for children, awareness on body protection, and legal and psychological services for victims of child sexual abuse.