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Custody of CANaDIAN COUPLE’S CHILD – Last chance to reach out-of-court settlement

Custody of CANaDIAN COUPLE’S CHILD – Last chance to reach out-of-court settlement

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday gave last chance to a Canadian couple, Roshni Desai and Jahanzeb Niazi, to reach out-of-court settlement on the custody of their illegitimate child and travelling expenses to Canada. The court observed that if the couple failed to reach an out-of-court settlement on flying expenses to Canada by Friday (today), the court would decide the matter on merit.
Roshani Desai, a 28-year-old Canadian of Indian origin, filed the petition

LHC gives custody of illegitimate child to Canadian woman

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed two illegitimately married foreign nationals to resolve the case of the custody of their son, and adjourned the hearing of a habeas corpus petition, which was filed by the child’s mother, who sought her child’s recovery from the child’s father in Pakistan. The petition was filed by Roshni Desai, a Canadian national of Indian origin, against Jahanzeb Niazi of Sialkot, a Canadian national. Desai, through her counsel Aftab Ahmad

Man demands his child, kills couple upon refusal

LAHORE – A couple was murdered in Kamahan Village in the Nishtar Colony police precincts on Monday evening. The deceased were identified as Nawaz and his wife Irshad, residents of Kamahan Village. Nawaz was a gardener by profession. A police investigator said that the accused, identified as Murtaza, was Irshad’s cousin. Irshad had reportedly eloped with Murtaza, and they had a son, SHO Nishtar Colony Police Station claimed. Later, Irshad had returned home and had started living with

Child abuse – ‘Cruel numbers’ speak for children

LAHORE – Sahil’s data of child abuse and other crimes in 2010 reveals that a total of 2,252 children were sexually abused throughout Pakistan. This means that about seven children are being sexually abused every day.
Excluding abduction cases from the total reveals that four children fell prey to child sexual abuse every day in 2010. The harsh reality is that these figures are based on reported incidents so the actual number might be much larger. The three major crime categories

Alone and addicted, 17-year-old street child wants to wed a girl in his neighbourhood

KARACHI – In the heart of Karachi, Saddar, gangs of street children are chock-a-block. Javed*, a 17-year-old young man, has almost graduated from one such gang. Working the street before he even entered his teens, Javed claims to have seen and know it all. “I do not know my date of birth, but I know I am around 16, maximum 17-years-old,” Javed said.
Javed first ran away from home some seven or eight years ago along with three of his friends. “The first night, we stole weights

Failed suicide attack kills child, wounds five in Darra Adam Khel

PESHAWAR – A suicide bomber killed a child and wounded five other people after he was identified and shot at in a northwestern Pakistan market on Friday, officials said.
A would-be suicide bomber was identified as he tried to enter the crowded market in Darra Adam Khel, a tribal town near Peshawar, they said.
Tribesmen tried to seize him but he blew himself up when he was shot at, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding five people, a senior administrative official said.

Rights’ body to set up research database on child labour

FAISALABAD – The Child Rights Committee (CRC) Faisalabad has announced to compile a database on child labour that will provide vital guidelines to draw out a strategy to fight the menace.
As a first step, the CRC members and volunteers will identify the statistics of child labour at union council level. The announcement was made by CRC Deputy Coordinator Mujahid Gilani advocate at the monthly meeting of the committee held at District Council Faisalabad chaired by chief

NATO fire kills Afghan child

KHOST – An Afghan child was shot and killed by international forces targeting insurgents in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, police said, triggering a NATO investigation. Coalition forces opened fire from the air on a car carrying a group of militants in eastern Khost province but accidentally struck another vehicle, killing the child, provincial police chief Abdul Hakim Esahaqaai told AFP. He said two other civilians were injured in the incident in Khost, one of the

Briton jailed for child sex crimes in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH – A Cambodian court on Friday handed a British orphanage founder a two-year jail sentence for sexually abusing boys at the home, a prosecutor said. Nicholas Griffin, 53, was arrested in the northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap last October and charged with committing indecent acts against six boys under the age of 15. Half the sentence was suspended, meaning Griffin will spend one year behind bars, prosecutor Sok Keo Bondith told AFP. The Briton was ordered to pay a fine

Church offers 5,000 euros to child abuse victims

BERLIN – Germany’s Roman Catholic Church on Thursday offered 5,000 euros in compensation to victims of child abuse, a figure dismissed as ‘stingy’ by victims’ representatives. Germany’s Bishops’ Conference said 5,000 euros would be offered although in some cases the figure could go higher.
“In especially serious cases, other payments are possible,” a statement said. It said it had already informed a government panel set up to combat child abuse concerning the plan and victims

‘They have three sons; whom do I and my unborn child have?’

Zohra Shehzad, the widow of Faizan Haider, one of the two men gunned down on 27 January at Mozang Chowk in Lahore by US citizen Raymond Davis, claims that her in-laws kept her out of the loop on purpose in the case against Davis. Subsequently, Zohra, who says she is three months pregnant, has moved to her parents’ house and has vowed to not go back to her in-laws.
“They kept all the legal proceedings hidden from me. I wasn’t even included as a complainant in the case against my

‘Child Complaint Office set to play effective role’

KARACHI – Appreciating the role of the United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF), Sindh Ombudsman Asad Ashraf Malik said that the fund is playing an important role in protecting the rights of children.
Talking to UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Dr Jabeen Fatima Abbas and Child Protection Officer in Sindh Suhail Ahmed at his office, the ombudsman expressed confidence that the Child Complaint Office set up at the Sindh Ombudsman Secretariat,in cooperation with UNICEF, would play an

Al-Khair launches Healthy Child drive

LAHORE – Al-Khair Welfare Society had launched Healthy Child Campaign on January 31, 2011 that aimed at examining health conditions of school going children. This initiative from Al-Khair Welfare Society is a step towards providing good health facilities to the people of Pakistan as on the first day of this campaign, the team has examined 500 children.
A team of four doctors from Al-Khair Free Hospital will also visit 22 schools to examine 22,000 children in the month of February.

Sahil holds workshop for child rights

LAHORE – Punjab chief minister (CM) has been taking interest in working for child rights and will receive regular notifications regarding any issues concerning child rights, said advisor to CM Zakia Shahnawaz at a workshop held by Sahil, a child rights organisation.
The workshop attempted to gather professionals from fields related to child rights and issues, including officials from government departments, such as Social Welfare, Child Protection and Welfare Department, Labour

Sindh suffers severe child malnutrition

ISLAMABAD – Six months after the 2010 monsoon floods hit large parts of Pakistan, the humanitarian aid agents face another huge challenge following new survey results from Sindh province that reveal critical levels of malnutrition among flood-affected children.
The data released by the Sindh Department of Health on Friday indicate a nutrition crisis, recording a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate of 23.1 per cent in children aged between 6-59 months in flood-affected areas of

Orphan child strangled after being sodomised

FAISALABAD – Police recovered a five-year-old missing orphan child’s dead body from a sugar cane field near his village. Reportedly, five-year-old orphan child Muzamal was adopted by his maternal uncle Abdukl Sattar, a resident of Chak No 276 JB Dandewal, who got missing from his uncle’s house. When the family searched for the missing boy, some eye witnesses told them that the boy was last seen with a man of the same village named Zafar.
When police quizzed Zafar over his

Hindus suffering brunt of child kidnappings

KARACHI – Kidnapping for ransom of minor children in the northern parts of Sindh notorious for crimes, particularly Kandhkot in Kashmore district, is becoming a lucrative business.
This was revealed in a detailed research study conducted by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) National Manager Salam Dharejo.
He informed that the majority of children kidnapped in the area were Hindus – the biggest religious minority of Pakistan.
The three-year