#childpredator | Child rape soars behind Covid-closed doors in Pakistan

Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO), an Islamabad-based nongovernmental organization, estimated as much as a 400% spike quarter on quarter in reported child rapes, sexual assaults and often associated kidnapping cases during this year’s second quarter, coinciding with stay-home lockdown measures at the time.

The report pointed out that 119 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in January-March, which increased to 576 during April-June, representing an increase of almost 400%.

Violence against women also increased to 495 from 43 cases, registering a spike of over 800%, while overall rape cases swelled to 250 from 65 making a spiral of over 250% during the same period.

More than 80% of child rapes and sexual abuse cases were committed in Punjab province followed in prevalence by Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan provinces.

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