School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he faithfully attended in the southern Punjab town of Pakpattan took him into a washroom and tried to rape him. She said she has known the cleric, Moeed Shah, since she was a little girl and describes him as an habitual abuser who used to ask little girls to pull up their shirts. The AP also documented cases of abuse through interviews with law enforcement officials, abuse victims and their parents. The alleged victims who spoke for this story did so with the understanding only their first names would be used. There are more than 22, registered madrassas in Pakistan, teaching more than 2 million children.
Child Sex Abuse Rampant In Pakistan Religious Schools, AP Investigation Shows
A minor in this case is anyone under the age of The amendment to the child protection law was approved by the cabinet of the regional government this week and is expected to be adopted by an overwhelming majority when the legislative assembly meets next week. Under the amended law, allegations of child abuse would be investigated by a senior police official and the trial, once started, would have to be concluded within two months, unless the judge gives a Bonafide reason for a delay. Social welfare officials in Pakistan-administered Kashmir expressed hope that the new law would act as a deterrent and help lower the rate of crimes against children. Israr Ahmed, the deputy director at the Social Welfare Department, said child abuse cases in the region often are not reported to the police due to the stigma associated with them.
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Updated : 2 months ago. Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He's just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor.