News : Domestic Violence Tops Cases Dealt by Madadgaar Helpline
Islamabad, India, Nov 11, 2015 -- Out of total 7,473 cases dealt by Madadgaar helpline from 2012 to 2014, domestic violence topped the list with 1,602 cases, second in numbers (728) was missing children and third highest number of cases (717) reported at the helpline were related to sexual harassment.
The statistics made part of the report shared at a National Conference on "Existing Protection Mechanism on Children, Women and Youth" held on Tuesday. The data shows that Madadgaar helpline that functions under public-private partnership, received 114,752 calls and facilitates 23,987 clients since its inception.
The toll free Madadgaar National Helpline 1,098 initially started from Karachi and now functions all over the country with focal points in Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore. The helpline established by Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) now operates in collaboration with the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. The helpline was aimed at providing assistance to women, children and youth in case of physical and emotional violence.
Only in the year 2014, as many as 4,316 cases of violence against children were reported on the helpline which includes 759 cases of murder, 246 cases of rape, 210 cases of sodomy, 196 cases of trafficking, 175 cases of Karo Kari, 465 cases of forced marriage and 187 cases of Vani.
Speaking as chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the two-day conference, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Ashter Ausaf said future of country depends of the well being of children and youth. "It is our responsibility to protect them," he said.
Director General National Commission for Child Welfare and Development (NCCWD) Muhammad Hassan Mangi stressed the need for public-private partnership and said that government alone could not bring the desired change in the society.
Farkhanda Aurangzaib from Aurat Foundation said that only legislation could not provide protection to the vulnerable. She highlighted the importance of providing sensitisation training to the law enforcers so that they can check any violation of human rights.
Founder of Madadgaar helpline Zia Ahmed Awan apprised the participants that it is first helpline of the country working to protect rights of children, youth and women suffering from violence, abuse and exploitation.
He informed that this service entail counselling through telephone, in person meetings, crisis intervention, legal aid and referral services to victims of violence, abuse and exploitation.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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