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January 12, 2018

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Special desk to deal with child abuse cases at Sindh CM House

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali, keeping in view the horrific Kasur incident, has ordered setting up a separate desk at the CM House Complaint Cell to address complaints of crimes against children, particularly what he termed “sexual terrorism against children”.

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He said the society was degenerating, and the Islamic values and the values of humanity such as love and care for children and respect for elders were fading away, which was quite painful. “The Kasur incident is a big question mark on the face of our society.”

The chief minister ordered setting up a separate desk in the Complaint Cell of the CM House where complaints of crimes against children would be looked into and addressed. The phone number of the cell are 021-99202080-1, 99207394 and 99207568.

He directed the complaint cell duty officer(s) to forward such complaints to the relevant police station as well as to him on his WhatsApp number so that prompt, coordinated and strict action could be taken. “I have given clear instructions to the police to deal with such cases as terrorism cases,” he said.

Through the chief secretary, Shah also directed the education department to educate children against sexual assaults and such other crimes. “I believe it is sexual terrorism against children and such criminals would be booked accordingly.”

The chief minister also directed the chief secretary to invite recommendations from experts and civil society members to include chapters on “sexual terrorism against children” in textbooks. “This is a serious issue and we all, parents, teachers and civil society, have to control it with our collective efforts,” he said and added it was our prime duty to protect our children.

The society, particularly the parents, should also be educated about how they could protect their children. “I am quite worried after this incident and I need support and guidance to educate the society against this kind of terrorism.”

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