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Editorial: Child Abuse in the Punjab: Myth and Reality

In Pakistan, the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance (JJSO) was enacted in 2000 while child protection legislations are also enacted recently at provincial level. The NGOs and UN agencies have been active in this field for the past fifteen to twenty years. They have been providing training for capacity building, conducting awareness sessions and organizing seminars for sensitizing the stakeholders on child rights, child protection and child abuse issues. Media
campaigns have also been launched on a massive scale. However, one of the most terrible incidents of child sexual abuse took place in such a province, Punjab, which is the largest in terms of population and resources. The literacy rate is higher in the Punjab than the other provinces.

Imran Ahmad Sajid