Cruel Numbers 2020 published

This year, Sahil’s flagship publication of ‘Cruel Numbers 2020’ has been compiled by the monitoring of 84 national and regional newspapers, daily.
The objectives of this report are:

  • To present the data of the situation regarding violence against children (up to 18 years) in cases of sexual abuse, abduction/kidnapping, missing children, and child marriages.
  • This data is relevant for researchers, academics, media houses, and legislators to work on strategies for the prevention of abuse against children.
  • To contribute towards spreading awareness and information about different forms of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) to all segments of the society.

This year the data of child abuse cases shows that a total number of 2960 cases have been reported in newspapers. These cases were reported from all four provinces including Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), and Gilgit Baltistan (GB).

In the year 2020, a slight increase can be seen in child abuse cases. These cases have increased 4% as compared to the last year’s data of 2019.
The data shows that in a day more than 8 children have been abused during the year 2020.

This year’s data shows that in the reported cases of child abuse, 51% of victims were girls and 49% were boys.

The research shows that children are most vulnerable to abuse in the age group 6-15 years. More boys than girl victims were reported. Moreover, children as young as 0-5 years are also sexually abused.

Analysis of the data reveals that in the year 2020, out of the total reported cases, 985 cases were reported of Sodomy, 787 cases were rape, 89 cases were pornography and CSA, and 80 cases were reported of murder after CSA, whereas 834 cases were reported of abduction. Cases of missing children and child marriages were 345 and 119 respectively.

The Cruel Numbers data of the year 2020 reveals that acquaintances are on top of the list involved in 1780 cases of child abuse, 109 cases were service providers like {molvi, teacher, shopkeeper, driver, doctor, police}. A total of 91 cases were family members and relatives, and in 92 cases neighbors were involved. In 468 cases, strangers were involved in abusing children.

The report found that in the geographical areas, 58% of cases were reported from Punjab province, 29% cases took place from Sindh, 7% cases from the KP, 3% cases from the Islamabad Capital territory, whereas 53 cases were reported from the Balochistan, 18 cases from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), and 4 cases were reported from Gilgit Baltistan (GB) as well.

In the year 2020, out of the total 2960 reported cases, 1915 (65%) cases are reported from rural areas and 1045 (35%) cases are reported from urban areas.

In the year 2020, reported cases of child abuse 87% of cases were registered with the police.

This year, a total of 834 cases of abduction have been reported from newspapers. Out of these cases, 74% of cases were of girls, and 26% cases were of boys.
In the year 2020, a total reported cases of abduction, 494 (59%) cases occurred in rural areas and 340 (41%) in urban areas.

The analysis of the data shows that this year a total of 345 cases of missing children were reported, out of these cases 86% of cases were boys, and 14% cases were girls.

In the year 2020, a total of 119 cases of child marriages were reported. Out of the total 119 reported cases, 95% cases were of girls, and 5% cases were of boys.

Wanna download the complete report, click here: Cruel Numbers 2020

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