Child Abuse on Karachi’s streets

Unaware of the Garage Schools or the the juvenile justice system ordinance that is there for them, millions of children in Karachi leave their homes (if the have one) everyday in search of food.

Some of these children end up in a mechanic’s workshop, others in a factory and yet others at wayside hotels etc. But child labor is a menace that is visible and everyone recognizes it but what lurks beneath the surface is a graver situation.

A lot of these children are not only vulnerable but are actively involved in sex trade. Parents, who in most cases force the children to take to the streets, are unaware of their children’s activities. Studies by ECPAT International have shown that there is a higher proportion of boys and young male population that are more vulnerable to commercial sexual abuse. What can be the reasons for that?? Go figure.

Even though there are laws such as the Policy and Plan of Action against Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, most of the cases go unreported. Those that do get reported are kept hidden by police protection, as policemen earn financial compensation from the procurers who run businesses which profit through the exploitation of children.

Even though there are NGOs such as Saahil and Aangan working for such children in Islamabad and N.W.F.P, unfortunately, none of them operate in Karachi. This makes the children here an easy target for the prying eyes.

13 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 6:23 pm

    Sid I am so happy you touched this issue dear. I had plenty of material on this but had lost it somewhere, specially the videos. But thanks GOD you did post something on it. I shall be doing something similar in future. Let me get some confirm few figures that I have.

    Thanks once gain for highlighting such an important issue. It’s amazing how callously we ignore the miseries around as if they don’t exist at all. Child abuse being one of them.

  2. nomi (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

    I believe that only condemning the child labour is not enough, you have to look at the circumstances which force a kid out on the street so early in his life. The extreme poverty that hits these family leaves the parents with no other alternatives. There IS a considerable section of these parents who themselves not do any work (which is deplorable) but in most cases one earning head is not enough to make ends meet.

    I am not advocating child labor hear, but just trying to open up a new perspective from where you can judge the helplessness of these families.

    And the saddest part is the apathy of people towards these working kids, who work all day on the streets selling small stuff like toys, flowers and bouqets. There is a general tendency that people are happy to give money to outright beggers but refuse to buy even meagre items from these kids.

  3. AhadAustin (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

    Oh Yaar !
    Last month I visited first time our beloved Karachi with lots of hopes and imaginations that; there would be good changes happened in Karachi but Alas I really very disappointed when reached there no thing have changed a lot expect the Peoples and mobile phone. And feel so sorry for Karachi.

    I say myself that all the Karachitte will go to the Heaven, You know why?

    Cos they already had Hell experience in Karachi! Right.

    Why Don’t you guy do some thing? You are the NeXT generation Cos Now we can’t change our elder thought and behavior who always blame the politician and just talks and do not thing for the our society.

    You guy seem to me Educated, Intelligent and Smart. Please Be a Model citizen, do some thing for your City and your future children.
    Don’t say to me that “What Karachi gives you? ” I ask you “what you give to Karachi?

    I really Salute you to your Courage towards education, the college and universities students specially the GIRLS to go in the challenging & worst type of Transportation. That show me that you guys have guts to challenge everything in the life
    Hope you ganna take care of Karachi !
    Have a Wonderfull Bakaraeid !

  4. mark (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 4:33 am

    Great post, kudos to you, and happy eid

  5. wasiq (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 8:19 am

    @KMB authors(esp..MB,SID)….why nobody reported the karachi bar association elections held last week….are they not corrupt enough to have got your attention…you guys would report any change in the spices of karachi Haleem wont you..?

    BTW, congratulations…qazi sab,qurashi sab,and all the newly elected office-bearers….happy new year!

  6. wasiq (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 8:20 am

    @KMB authors(esp..MB,SID)….why nobody reported the karachi bar association elections held last week….are they not corrupt enough to have got your attention…you guys would report any change in the spices of karachi Haleem wont you..?

    BTW, congratulations…qazi sab,qurashi sab,and all the newly elected office-bearers….happy new year!

  7. Dr Imran (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 8:44 am

    Your are right there is too much Child abuse, not only in Karachi but all around the world. But being a devil’s advocate what would you call the 8 & the 11 yr old working in west Europe & other developed countries. They leave their houses 5 am in the morning to give out paper and flyers. Many of them suffer sexual abuse and never talk about it. That’s so called civilized west i’m talking

    Ok west govt. have forced them to go to school till the age of 16 but most drop out before that and work in burger & bars or the rest of their lives.

    Also some of the reports and statistics published by the National journal are incorrect just a way to get NGO’s and govt and more funding. I know this because I review and publish research paper that are published worldwide. You cannot accept one research paper as your basis. The source have to be proven more than once. Just like our govt. did with recent controversial laws.

  8. MB (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    @WASIQ :
    Please accept my due apology for not posting anything on that. Well as you can see my two posts:
    took at lot of time because of the pictures, their editing, the background coding glitches & same for the video’s all this with my normal office workload. I still do try my best to cover as many happenings in Karachi as possible. You sure can pardon me for missing one out. But still thanks for the reminder dear. By the way did you put this one in suggest a stor. Please do that next time. Hope you know about suggest a story thingy.

  9. Mona (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 4:31 pm


    I can so relate to what you are saying regarding being disappointed from this place. I am here after half a decade and true nothings changed for good cept mobile phones, and cars. The traffics worse than it ever was before along with no rules and regulations being followed, as well as increased pollution.

    I am very disappointed :(.

  10. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    AZad Foundation is an NGO active in Karachi since 2001 working for the beneficial of such children !

  11. wasiq (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 8:38 am

    @MB… no need to apologize….i know you guys are doing a great job…all i wanted to say is that things that are bonafide users of karachi as a pre-fix to their name should atleast be mentioned on the KMB…am i right..?

    yes i know of the suggest a story thingy…i was wondering if there is a way i could find out the stories already suggested..maybe i could help in preparing a post beforehand rather than critisizing later…..what do you think…

  12. Imran (unregistered) on December 24th, 2006 @ 2:24 am
  13. wasiq (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    jin maon,bheino,bhabioun ko Bar kay annual dinnar mein iss dafa kuch nahein milla woh dishearted naa hoon…God willing next year pehley sey kuch soonchein gay….warna PizzaHut toh hai naa..!

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