Kasur child porn scandal: Pakistani priests urge government to introcude awareness programmes in schools

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LAHORE: Our children must be protected from the vile crimes such as child abuses.

According to a statement sent to Fides by “Justice and Peace” Commission (NCJP) of the Bishops of Pakistan, sexual abuse is a crime which is being committed more often then we may think.

“Abuse and sexual exploitation on children are spread across Pakistan. According to a public estimate, more than 3,500 cases of child harassment were reported in 2014, 67% occurred in rural areas. It is urgent for the government to act rigorously against those responsible,” says a statement.

Even at the same time, the Commission also urged the government of Pakistan to step up the protection of children and to take measures to curb this contemptible act. This appeal comes after, a shocking scandal of child porn surfaced from Kasur district.

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The child protection bureau exposed a child porn gang which has been involved in severe sexual abuse against children and in the selling child pornography videos for ten years. According to the HRCP survey, almost 400 videos were made with 280 child victims aging from 6 to 14 years of age.

After the gang recorded videos of these children, their families were blackmailed by the gang and so the poor victims and their families had to face trauma each and everyday. According to some, some local politicians are involved in this scandal.

Pakistani Bishops strongly condemned abuses and wrote to the authorities: “Political representatives of all political parties should condemn such facts and not use them to achieve political advantage. It is urgent to provide assistance and protection to victims of abuse in the first place, in order to deal with the trauma suffered”.

With regards to education, “the government should introduce sex education in schools to prevent such accidents in the future, by setting up a Judicial Commission to develop specific rules on the issue of child abuse and child pornography”.

“Children are the future of our nation”, the Commission’s statement concludes. “In order to protect them the government must meet its social, moral and international commitments towards the rights of children, working for the protection and safety of children across Pakistan.”