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Lahore police arrest religious teacher for killing child

Police say that the accused used a metal rod to hit the child. A case has been registered

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SAMAA shows you how to react when your child speaks of abuse

Children are especially vulnerable to sexual abuse in societies that blame the victim and uphold notions of shame and misplaced honour. SAMAA TV shows you how to deal with a situation when your child tells you about abuse. *This is a public service message from SAMAA TV courtesy Rozan.

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SAMAA helps parents talk to children about abuse

Children are especially vulnerable to sexual abuse in societies that blame the victim and uphold notions of shame and misplaced honour. SAMAA TV has created two characters, Tinkoo and Tina, to have these difficult conversations. They discuss how children should react when someone tries to sexually abuse them. Tina: No one should be able to…

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Pope’s envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

The Vatican’s top investigator called Tuesday for justice for child sex abuse victims of Chile’s Catholic Church as fresh cases involving pedophile priests came to light. Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna spoke as he wound up a weeklong mission to Chile, where a child sex abuse scandal has rocked the Church. “Investigating is a duty of…

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Cousin sexually abused Whitney Houston as child, says Cannes documentary

An explosive new documentary about the tragic life of Whitney Houston claims the superstar was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul singer Dee Dee Warwick. The bombshell revelation in “Whitney”, made with the cooperation of the singer’s family, comes late in the film by Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, which premiered Thursday…

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Shaken by toddler’s rape death, Chile seeks to alter law on sex crimes

With the country in an uproar over the brutal rape and death of a toddler, Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday backed plans to lift the statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors. The move came just days after 20-month-old Ambar was taken to a hospital in the central Los Andes region by her…

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Man allegedly tries to rape 4-year-old, barely escapes clutches of mob

GUJRAT: A man who allegedly tried to rape a four-year-old in Gujrat barely escaped the clutches of a frenzied mob on Tuesday after police intervened.  According to details, a man tried to sexually assault a four-year-old in Gujrat’s Faizabad area. However, the relatives of the girl stopped the suspect from committing the foul act. Getting…

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NA special committee vows to obliterate child abuse from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Special Committee of National Assembly on Child Abuse which met here Monday vowed to obliterate child abuse from Pakistan. The committee also elected Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage  Marriyum Aurngzeb as its chairperson. Her name was proposed by MNA Romina Khursheed Alam and seconded by Zahid Hamid….

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Zainab’s killer handed four death sentences

Lahore: A special anti-terrorism court on Saturday handed four death sentences and one life imprisonment to Imran Ali, charged with raping and murdering a little girl Zainab, in a case that shocked the nation and sparked countrywide protests against child abuse. Imran Ali, 24, had killed Zainab in Kasur city of Punjab last month. He…

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Over 17,000 cases of child abuse reported in Pakistan in last five years

ISLAMABAD: A total of 17,862 cases of child abuse have been reported in the country in last five years, Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar told National Assembly on Wednesday. Responding to a question of Shahid Rehmani in National Assembly during Question Hour, he said as many as 3,002 cases of child abuse had…

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Court ruling in Zainab murder case likely this week

LAHORE: The anti-terrorism court (ATC) is likely to deliver verdict in Zainab murder case as the trial has entered its final and decisive phase, Samaa reported Tuesday. According to our correspondent, the central accused Imran Ali has admitted to sexually assaulting eight minor girls in his confessional statement. Sources said the court, which has so…

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Stronger legislation is required for issues related to child abuse

By Saman Siddiqui Child abuse or crimes against a child is the most pressing social issue of Pakistan. In April 2017, Pakistan Penal Code was amended through Criminal law Second Amendment Act 2016 to address the serious issues of child abuse. Through this amendment in Pakistan Penal Code punishments were enhanced for the crimes against…

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Another minor girl criminally assaulted in Mardan

MARDAN: Another awful incident of child abuse has surfaced in Mardan where a man has been arrested for allegedly subjecting a minor girl to criminal assault, Samaa reported Sunday. According to our correspondent, the incident occurred in Kharkai area of Madran’s Katlang tehsil where police have arrested a man on charges of sexually assaulting an…

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Families of two more child abuse victims seek justice in Mardan

In Mardan, where police have yet to arrest the culprit involved in four-year-old Aasma’s rape and murder, there are two more families that are awaiting justice after cold-hearted killers crushed their innocent flowers before blossom. One of the victims was six-year-old Shab Noor and the other was a seven-year-old Maryam.  

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Webology Episode 3: Child abuse and punishment

KARACHI: Minerwa Tahir and Raza Haidery speak about the punishment pertaining to the child abuse and how we need to change the powerful status of the abuser in our society. 

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Newsweek Pakistan publisher sorry for controversial tweets after backlash

ISLAMABAD: Newsweek Pakistan Editor Fasih Ahmed has apologized for controversial tweets he posted yesterday about child abuse.   Fasih drew the ire of netizens on Tuesday after a series of tweets on child abuse in the backdrop of horrific rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Ansari and other minor girls in Kasur. “The sexual abuse…

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Important disclosures made about Zainab’s murder suspect

LAHORE: Director General Punjab Forensic Laboratory Dr Tahir Ashraf Butt made important disclosures pertaining to the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari, stating that it was obvious from the start that a serial killer was involved in the crimes.  Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV, Tahir Ashraf Butt said that all heinous murders were committed…

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Watch: Zainab’s mother demands execution of suspect

The mother of seven-year-old Zainab, who was raped and murdered a couple of weeks ago, demanded exemplary punishment for the prime suspect in the rape-and-murder case. Speaking to SAMAA TV, Zainab’s mother said that the entire public was with her and voiced her desire to thrash the suspect herself. “I want the police to hang…

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Here is what we know so far about Zainab’s suspected killer

KASUR: Police have come forward with details of the prime accused in the murder case of seven-year-old Zainab, who was raped and killed a couple of weeks ago.  According to police, the name of the key accused in Zainab’s rape and murder case is Imran Ali. The suspect was a neighbour of the victim and…

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Zainab’s suspected killer’s DNA matches that found in seven previous cases

KASUR: Zainab’s suspected killer’s DNA matches that found in eight previous cases in which he raped and murdered girls, according to the medical report.  According to details, the suspected raped and killed eight girls in a span of two-and-a-half years. All heinous crimes were committed within one kilometer. Further details disclosed that the suspect had…

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Private schools adopt ‘safety education’ after Kasur incident

  Following the brutal rape and murder of six-year-old girl, Zainab, in Kasur, some private education institutions have adopted ‘safety education’ to aware children, especially girls, about strangers and suspicious persons. Educationists hope that the training will help children remain safe from sexual assaults. Watch this report…

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