Tag: Child

From the eyes of a child

LAHORE - Let a thousand flowers bloom", an exhibition of paintings by Ali Azmat, will be inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of Punjab University Professor Mujahid Kamran on Tuesday, January 11 at 5:00 pm and will stay open till January 18 between 11:00am and 8:00pm everyday.
About twenty paintings are being displayed in the exhibition and are relevant to the current political scenario of the country, at the same time also depicting the problems faced by the masses.

Beckhams expecting fourth child

The Beckhams are set to be parents again - former Spice Girls star Victoria is pregnant with her fourth child. The superstar couple has three boys, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, and Victoria recently opened up about her dreams of having a daughter.
The baby news comes following a trying year for the pair - a tabloid expose reported soccer star Beckham allegedly bedded a hooker in 2007. The sportsman angrily denied the story and has since filed a $25 million (GBP16.6 million) lawsuit

HR activists vow to protect child rights

PESHAWAR - Human right activists, officials and technocrats unanimously resolved to make joint efforts for the protection of child rights at a two-day capacity-building workshop on "Making Child Rights a Reality" which concluded here on Thursday.
The workshop was arranged by children's complaint office of Federal Ombudsman's Secretariat. KP Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Arshad Abdullah and newly appointed provincial ombudsman Badshah Gul Wazir were the

‘Child and women’s rights are being transgressed in prisons’

LAHORE - Provided with nominal facilities, most of the prisons in Pakistan are overcrowded and the prisoners, including women and children, are at the mercy of the state for the provision of basic necessities of life, attendees of a consultation workshop to finalize the toolkit on rights of juvenile detainees organized by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) said.
Even though the law does not permit imprisoning female juveniles, it is being blatantly

‘Sindh govt committed to child protection’

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister's Adviser on Information Sharmila Farooqui on Wednesday reiterated that the government is commitment towards safeguarding the rights of the children and stressed the need for public-private partnership ventures to achieve this task.
"The civil society, NGOs, volunteers, philanthropists, international development partners, media, corporate sector and particularly the children themselves should come forward and play their role to bring an end to

SPARC launches campaign against child marriages

KARACHI: Child marriages in Pakistan are a common occurrence with almost 58 percent prevalence in rural and 27 percent in urban areas, Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) has disclosed. Commenting on the occasion of a province-wide campaign launched by SPARC titled "Child Marriage: Unjust and Unlawful", SPARC Sindh Manager Suhail Ahmed Abro said there was an urgent need to amend the Child Marriages Restraint Act of 1929.
A private bill has been

‘Child marriage is the bane of society’

LAHORE: Society for Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), launched a campaign against child marriage on Sunday by organising a press conference at the Lahore Press Club. SPARC Programme Coordinator Imran Javed Qureshi said that the NGO had launched a two-week campaign titled "Stop Child Marriage", as child marriages were illegal, basic root cause of many family disputes and injurious to the girl's health owing to early pregnancy and other

Institute of Child Health is short of staff

LAHORE: The Institute of Child Health is facing a severe faculty shortage, affecting the performance of the attached Children's Hospital and inconveniencing patients coming from far flung areas, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The Children's Hospital is a 700 bedded specialised hospital, which caters to a large number of patients coming from across the province. But due to shortage of senior faculty and specialist doctors patients have to leave the hospital disappointed. The shortage

Double ‘child sacrifice’ murders reported in central India

RAIPUR: Police in central India reported a second case of suspected child sacrifice on Thursday, casting a spotlight on witchcraft and occult beliefs that persist in some impoverished areas.
Police in the central state of Chhattisgarh said they had arrested 11 people including a "witchdoctor" and his wife after the body of a two-year-old boy was discovered in their house on Wednesday. Further searches of the property in the industrial town of Bhilai, about 45 kilometres (30

Pope regrets ‘deep pain’ of priestly child abuse

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI expressed "deep pain" and regret for the "destruction" caused by priests' child abuse Monday, while insisting on the rule of clergy celibacy.
In a letter addressed to trainee priests, the pope said that it had emerged "recently" that "priests have deformed their ministry by the sexual abuse of children and young people."
"Instead of leading people towards a mature humanity and setting an example they have caused, through their abuses,