Protect children from abuse and maltreatment.
WHO fact sheet states 25% of adults surveyed reports they have been physically abused when they were child,
11 cases per day of child abuse are reported in Pakistan.
By Mahmood Hussain, Monday 15th December 2017, write articles and blogs to be published in www.babyfirst.com.pk BABY FIRST PAKISTAN and also on Facebook/babyfirstPakistan and other social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and so on. The writer is from Karachi, Pakistan Currently he is in Philadelphia, USA.
Today Monday 15th January 2018 is a public holiday in the USA in regard to Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018 in the United States of America
After a great thought and recovering from the state of shock, I decided to write a brief report/article which is mainly focus on child abuse and how to protect them. These are regularly reported by the media in shape of sexual assault and later killing the child. The second concern is also of violence/beating of the children in Pakistani society.
Child abuse and violence occur mostly between the age from 2 to 14 years.
One such case of child abuse was reported with the name of Zaynab Ameen from Kasur, Pakistan in the beginning of January 2018. She was 7year old child became the victim and later she was murdered.
It was very much focused and highlighted by the media. This was effectively shared via social media, which is now a very powerful tool for informing people. This is the source of two-way communication and powerful tool for recording reaction and action by all walk of life of the people. The other publicize case is of Kainat, she is also from Kasur still need attention. On 13th January 2018 media reported another victim from DG Khan, Pakistan.
Media reported 30% increase in children crime in Punjab, Pakistan during the year 2017 as compared to the year 2016.
WHO fact sheet on Child maltreatment reviewed in September 2016 states the following facts:
- 25% of adults surveyed reports they have been abused physically when they were a child,’
- 20% women and approximately 1 out of 13 men (approximately 8%) have been sexually abused during their childhood.
Amir Khan a celebrity, film actor/director from India did an excellent program on this issue of child abuse. Watch his program/video of Satyamev jayate on the child abuse having topic ‘Good Touch, Bad Touch’ with your child today. This is highly informative as well as engaging children in very positive manner. Imparting education to the children by demonstration and very loud message for the parents and adults,
This should open our eyes and to the people who are working in a responsible position either in Federal and provincial government to legislate and formulate the strategy to crush/curb such incidence in future.
In this article, I will cover the basic problem and highlight the statistic of child abuse incidences. the role NGOs are playing to cope up with this grave situation and forcing the government to do legislation. Working on the importance of educating the parents and children.
In my next and follow up article on this topic publish within this month I will cover mostly how we can protect the children from child abuse and maltreatment and our responsibility as an adult.,
Few of the facts regarding the child abuse are highlighted below.
11 cases per day of child abuse are reported in Pakistan. It is stated by Sahil NGO working on child protection with having a focus on sexual abuse. (source Geo News 10th January 2018). The incidence of unreported or silent cases may be higher than the reported figures. It is very difficult to assess the overall trauma and mental torture faced by these innocent victims,
The incidence of physical assault, sexual assault, kidnapping and bullying are the real risk factors. Children are exposed and suffer from these on the routine basis.
It is very important and needs to be made mandatory
“Children should be educated by the parents and in school how to protect themselves.” Secondly, this will help the children to inform to their adult if they observe any suspicious activity. These adults should be responsive, helpful and trustworthy. They need to understand in term of the child care and their protection.
The children who are maltreated may suffer from impaired physical or mental health later in their life. This may affect, the overall individual performance in life and likely to become a burden to the society and country.
As stated by WHO it is important to prevent the child from maltreatment before this incidence is initiated, as an adult we need to work on multi-sectoral approach such as:
Acquire and learn effective child prevention program, which enhances the skill and approach of the parents for safe upbringing of children. Learning to make them able to teach positive parenting approach and skills
With the positive approach for the regular care of children and families, this will reduce the incidence of maltreatment among children within the society. This will reduce the negative impact on the life of the individual. The upcoming generation will be with a more positive frame of mind. We need to follow the prescribed guidelines, how to protect the child from abuse and give them the fear-free atmosphere to live and perform.
Article is written by Mahmood Hussain for Baby First Pakistan website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other popular social media