3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
OPEN FOR ALL
Note: A 10 minute documentary on the subject
“Wu Ju Kho Gai” would also be screened on the occasion.
You may also watch live streaming of the event
The issue of missing children is least acknowledged in
Pakistan owing to the lack of understanding and information about the issue.
The convention on Rights of the Child (CRC) outlines the fundamental rights of
children, including the right to be protected from economic exploitation and
bonded labor, sexual abuse, and physical or mental torture as well as ensures
that children will not be separated from their family against their will.
Another major factor behind the missing of children is lack of awareness of
parents as how to deal with children especially the disabled ones. Majority of
children leave their homes because of financial constraints of the family, or
physical, sexual and emotional violence at home or in schools/ Madrassas.
Every year, thousands of children go missing.
Only in Karachi city, more than 3,000 children go missing every year. Police
handles missing children’s case as a non-cognizable offence and most of the
times refuses to lodge an FIR and just submit a kachi report (informal report),
which has no value. The recovery ratio of missing children is less than 4%.
During the last 6 months, 04 minor girls, aging between 5 to 12 years, were
kidnapped from Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi and after a few days their bodies were
recovered. They were raped and tortured to physical exploitation. It is also
our assessment that police officers are least educated about child rights, laws
relating to child rights and modern techniques of handling such cases. Police
awareness about the issue of missing and kidnapped children is seriously
required. Different police officers handle the missing children’s case
differently. They don’t have any standard operating procedures in this regard
whereas they need to be trained on case and client handling.
There is a need to sensitize all the
stakeholders on the issue; and police should deal the cases while conducting
proper investigation. Human rights organizations must raise their voice against
this barbarism. Children are the future assets and if we fail to provide them
safety and security, we will surely suffer.
Chair: Dr Moeed Pirzada, Director World Affairs, PTV
Abu Bakar Waqar, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Islamabad
Fazal Noor, Urban Specialist, UN Habitat Pakistan and Country Representative,
Ashoka Foundation, USA
Mumammad Ali, President, Roshni Helpline