Islamabad: Perpetrators in 17 CSA cases convicted in 2011
ISLAMABAD: Though it might take long, sometimes more than five years, many families that dared to go to court for justice in child sexual abuse (CSA) won the cases and succeeded in teaching a lesson to perpetrators. The data collected by an NGO Sahil shows that that there were 17 such decisions announced in the year 2011, where the perpetrators of CSA were convicted for the heinous crime. Among total such case, 10 were boys and 7 were girls belonging to the age groups of 4 to 16. “It is encouraging to note that the data of court convictions in CSA cases depicts that justice in these cases was received within due course of time in most of the cases,” said Saad Ahmed Khan, Media Coordinator in Sahil while talking to ‘The News.’
Majority of these cases were registered in 2010. “Two cases were even registered in 2011,” said Saad adding that oldest case in the court was of sodomy registered in Mandi Bahuddin in 2007. The perpetrator was finally given 10–year imprisonment and Rs10,000 fine in that case. In addition to that, two cases of sodomy and rape were registered in 2009 and one of sodomy was registered in 2008. He said that more cases of boys were registered in past few years as compared to girls as parents stay away form going to court to save their girls from further victimisation and bad name. He said that most of the CSA cases are not registered for the same purpose.
“When ever we note any such case reported in media through our media monitoring team, we mail the Free Legal Aid Offer Letter to the family. Most of the time, the families resist our intervention as they believe that going to court will serve no purpose other than defaming the family,” he said sharing the experience of their organisation.
The report titled ‘Cruel Numbers 2011’ shows an increase of 2.26 per cent in the reported cases of CSA from 2010 to 2011 as total 2,303 such incidents were reported in 2011 as compared to 2,252 in the previous year. Around 88 per cent of sexual assaults took place within four walls where as 12 per cent cases happened in the open areas. Compiled from 65 national, regional and local newspapers, the report shows a phenomenal increase in the reported cases of abduction from 850 in 2010 to 1,112 in 2011. It mentions that on average, three children are abducted everyday in the country. The three major crime categories show that there were 505 cases of rape and sodomy, 279 cases of gang rape and sodomy and 141 cases of attempted rape and sodomy. The data shows that 72 per cent of the victims were girls whereas 28 per cent of boys were sexually abused during the last year. The report says that the largest groups of attackers were of acquaintances, the second largest group was strangers followed by the perpetrator within the family.
The statistics term children in rural set-up more vulnerable to sexual abuse as 60 per cent of these cases were reported from rural areas whereas 40 per cent occurred in the urban set-up. The data shows that sexual abuse can occur anywhere at any time. Punjab led the provinces with 79 per cent cases followed by 10 per cent in Sindh. Only 4 per cent such cases were reported from KP and only 6 per cent from Baluchistan and Islamabad. Similarly, Punjab tops the list of provinces were quick decision were announced on CSA cases.