Karachi: Sexual abuse cases go unreported
KARACHI: The Dawn News reported on Thursday that an increasing number of cases of sexual abuse involving children are being reported in the city and in many of these cases the children were found to be subjected to severe physical harm, causing death in some instances. Data of the first six months of the current year shows that a first information report (FIR) was not registered in 73 per cent of sexual abuse cases, though a significant number of rape survivors reported at some government-run hospitals for their medico-legal examinations. These were some key observations made by a representative of a non-governmental organisation — War against Rape — at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club. Presenting some statistics on cases of sexual violence in Karachi from July 2009 to June 2010, Sarah Zaman, who heads the NGO, said that the organisation investigated 125 cases. Of them, 39 cases (31 per cent) were of those children below the age of 16 while 65 cases (52 per cent) were of those children below the age of 18. “A decrease in the ages of survivors has been documented as a rising trend with more and more children being targeted, most with grievous bodily injury and some resulting in death,” she said, adding that 17 cases of survivors aged less than 16 had been reported in Karachi since Jan 2010. The age of the youngest rape survivor was three years while the oldest victim was of 65 years. The NGO had collected data from three government-run hospitals; the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, the Civil Hospital Karachi and the Abbasi Shaheed hospital.