Pakistani children are facing deprivation of rights, SPARC report highlights

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Pakistani children are facing so many problems in the country as they are not being provided their rights. Even they are being deprived from their basic rights like education, health, justice etc.

The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (Sparc) released its annual report “The State of Pakistan‘s Children 2012” at the Peshawar Press Club.

The Sparc report provides an overview of annual development with the specific concern to sectors of children, including child rights, education and health, violence against children, administration of juvenile justice, and child labour.

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Nobody is paying attention on this awful situation. Policymakers also neglect this issue at both federal and provincial levels.The report also presents recommendations guidelines for policymakers.

The Sparc report provides a miserable account of the failing state of children’s rights in Pakistan. With major findings of the report, programme manager Imran Takkar reveals that children have to face an alarming lack of educational opportunities, poor health facilities, absence of protection.

According to findings 25 million children do not receive an education and they do not go to school. Pakistani’s ranking position on the Education Development Index is 113 out of 120 countries.

With other problems Pakistan is not controlled the miserable diseases of polio and measles till now. This is the major cause of Children’s death and their paralysed condition. According to the report there are, 225,000 newborn deaths in Pakistan annually which highlights the presence of polio and measles in the country.

Polio workers are not safe in Pakistan and so many of them have been killed by militants.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has sought Imran Khan’s cooperation to eradicate polio in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as the province apparently failed to provide security to polio workers.

As well as Bill Gates called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,  assuring him of support for the on-going polio eradication drive happening in Pakistan.

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So many children are facing the problem of violence as violence against children remains culturally rooted. In so many parts of the country children undergo physical violence and sexual abuse. They have no opportunity of education. Even their parents do not do work and only rely on children’s earning.

There were 12 million child labourers in the country as of 2012. The statistics were taken from international sources as Pakistan has failed to undertake a child labour survey since 1996, stated Takkar.

MPA Fazal Elahi said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is committed to protect children’s rights but stressed practical steps are needed to be taken on a large-scale instead of holding conference and workshops.

“To eradicate child labour, we need to establish more schools with complete facilities geared towards children receiving an all-encompassing education”, Elahi said.
via tribune.com.pk