The Home and Tribal Affairs Department has submitted a shocking report to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. The report says that the incidence of child abuse in the province has witnessed an upward trend during the last three years, with Peshawar alone reporting 120 cases. The documents presented to the assembly’s secretariat show that the provincial capital recorded 44 cases of child abuse between 2019 and 2021. The issue came under discussion during question hour with Deputy Speaker Mahmood Jan in the chair.
Dera Ismail Khan district left Peshawar behind with 127 cases of child abuse. The official documents show that Peshawar recorded 42 cases in 2019 and 34 cases in 2020. In Nowshera, adjacent to Peshawar, a total of 84 cases were recorded in three years – 2019, 2020 and 2021. During this period, 68 cases were reported in Haripur, 62 in Abbottabad and 43 in Mansehra. The most painful aspect of the report was that 13 minors were murdered after the sexual assault across the province.
MPA of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, Inayatullah Khan, who moved the question, expressed concern about the surge in child abuse cases. He urged the government to ensure strict enforcement of the law for child protection. Member of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Nighat Yasmin Orakzai, said that the Civic Education Bill drafted by her had been pending approval for the last two years. She said that children needed awareness and education to protect themselves from predators. The government informed the assembly that the child protection bill was being implemented.