Crime against Humanity

By Sahar Zareen Khan | June 2020

Pakistan has a complex society structure with multi-dimensional issues. Over-population, poverty, low literacy rate and a developing economy has given birth to many crimes in society such as extortion, human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, etc. But the most devastating part is the cruelty on children. The heinous crime of child abuse is a stigma. Nowadays, whenever you open a newspaper or TV channel, there is news of baby girls or minor boys raped by paedophiles.

In recent years the ratio of such cases has horribly increased. In these incidents, some are relentlessly murdered with their body parts even mutilated. Some luckily survive but the trauma they face is so shattering that for the rest of their lives they are stuck in physical and psychological problems. In sexual abuse, the health issues which victims normally encounter are gastrointestinal disorders, gynaecological disorders and somatization, while psychological and behavioural symptoms include anxiety, low self-esteem, PTSD, cognitive impairment, body image concerns, substance abuse, self harming and many other issues.

The adult offenders target little children because they are vulnerable. The criminals involved in such activities suffer from a serious mental disease called paedophilia in which the attacker experiences sexual attraction towards children. The disease mostly goes unnoticed. The offenders are either from among close relatives or neighbours or acquaintances. In such relationships it is very difficult to spot a paedophile. The best possible solution is to take care of children as this is an important solution towards saving them. We need to develop a relationship with our kids which is more than the mere role of a parent or sibling.

We need to educate our kids and make them realise that touching their private parts even by way of just body touch with someone is something really serious. We need to make them understand to never allow anyone to have physical contact with them, and make them realize that they should never respond to any stranger, even from among such relatives who show extra love, care and sympathy towards them and offer them chocolates or other stuff.

We need to encourage children to trust their parents by being friendly towards them and assuring them that they are supposed to trust their parents only. We need to keep monitoring their daily routine at all times.

Just take care of your children because you definitely never want to lose them. We must remember that no authority or force can guard our kids. Only you can save your child.

The writer is a social media activist and writes on human rights, gender issues and other social topics. She can be contacted at

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  • June 10, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    What a thought provoking article. Really impressed by her in depth analysis. We need to tackle this menace seriously