Medical report confirms sexual abuse of two-year-old child in Lodhran


LODHRAN: In yet another incident of child sexual abuse, a medical report released on Wednesday night confirmed that a two-and-a-half years old child was sexually abused by an 18-year-old youth in Lodhran.

Earlier, it was reported that a boy, 18, allegedly sexually molested a minor kid in Lodhran.

Following the report’s disclosure, police arrested the suspect and filed a case against him. An investigation was subsequently launched in this regard.

Pakistan, in recent years, has seen an increasing trend of child abuse. According to Saahil, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that works on child protection with a special focus on sexual abuse, of the total reported cases of sexual abuse in the first six months of 2017, 45 percent of the cases were committed by acquaintances and strangers were found responsible for 15 percent of the child abuse cases.

15 percent of the crimes were committed at the victim’s own place, while 12 percent took place at an acquaintance’s abode.

The report further paints a bleak picture of child security in Pakistan by revealing that a 100 percent increase in child abuse by landlords was observed in 2017.

Out of the total cases of child abuse from January to June 2017, 62 percent were reported from Punjab, 27 percent from Sindh, 76 percent from Balochistan, 58 percent from FATA, 42 percent from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and nine percent from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In the previous year, the total number of reported child abuse cases stood at a staggering 4,139, bringing the total number of children being abused in Pakistan per day to 11.