Nearly 18,000 cases of child sex abuse reported in Pakistan in last five years

    Pakistan’s National Assembly was told that nearly 18,000 cases of child sex abuse were reported in the country over the past five years.

    According to the statistics, 10,620 girls and 7,242 boys were subjected to sexual abuse during the period under review.

    13,263 cases of rape were filed by police but only 112 of those cases returned guilty verdicts. Of the 112 found guilty, 25 were condemned to death and 11 were sentenced to life imprisonment.

    Human Rights Minister Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar said that laws put in place to protect children are not implemented. He added that substandard policing and lapses in the judicial system create barriers in the prevention of such crimes.

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