Zia Awan demands separate police stations to deal with child abuse cases

KARACHI: The founder of Madadgaar National Helpline and National Child Commissioner Zia Ahmed Awan Advocate demanded to separate police stations for child abuses case, and strict implementation of all laws regarding child abuse.

Addressing a press conference at his office along with Sindh Minister for Social Welfare and Chairperson of Sindh Child Protection Authority Shamim Mumtaz and Alleviate Addiction Suffering (AAS), Trust’s representative here Tuesday, he said rapidly increasing incidents of child abuses is a serious issue for the nation. Though child protection laws exist; however, their implementation is still a challenge, he said.

Awan said that Madadgaar National Helpline had filed public Interest litigation in the apex court of Pakistan in the year 2017, seeking to hold the government departments accountable for all kinds of violence against children by setting up proper mechanisms. He demanded setting up separate police stations for child cases.

Provincial Minister Shamim Mumtaz; however, said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah already ordered that child protection units (CPUs) should be established in all women police stations with e responsibility to deal child abuse cases.

She stressed that children were the soft targets and vulnerable segment of society, adding that it was the responsibility of government as well civil society and parents to protect them from all sorts of crimes.