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Sexual abuses of minor girls show alarming increase in Karachi in 2022

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: The incidents of sexual abuses against minor girls have increased alarmingly in Karachi in 2022.

Karachi police have registered more than 200 cases of sexual abuse of minor girls in 2022.

The minor girls, victims of sexual abuses, mostly belonged to 8-10 years age group.

According to Sindh police, “In cases where close relatives are involved and doing such things in the house; the police can’t do anything.”

The police could timely investigate these cases with the help of forensic and digital evidence they gather, they added.

“Police investigations in such cases have seen much improvement compared to the earlier situation, but now they need more training to deal with these cases,” the Inspector General of Sindh Police said.

Meanwhile, the War Against Rape (WAR), an NGO focusing on sexual abuses of minors, reported 64 percent of children under 18 years as survivors of abuses.

According to WAR data, the most vulnerable age group was 5-11 years (36%), followed by 12-17 years (29%).

The average age was 14 years in all cases investigated, with the minimum age of survivors being five years, WAR data said.

WAR programme officer Sheraz Ahmed said, “The government should adopt and expand life skills-based education, also known as comprehensive sexuality education, across Pakistan,” Geo News reported today.

He also said, “They should also expand training programmes for parents and teachers to make children aware of the good and bad touch, or the self-protection knowledge. You can’t trust anyone. Close relatives are also found involved in some of these cases.”

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