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According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, there is a rape in Pakistan every day and an incident of gang-rape takes place every four to eight days.
ISLAMABAD: Even as India applauds the swift conviction and sentencing of the accused in the Delhi gang rape case, Pakistan is seeing daily protests against sex crimes.
Protests are now an everyday sight in Pakistan following the recent rape of a five-year-old girl which has shaken the entire nation.
According to police, the girl was playing outside her house with her brother when they were both abducted.
The boy was later found in a hospital while the girl was found raped and in a bad condition outside another hospital.
The victim's father has demanded the death penalty for the offenders.
"I appeal to the Chief Minister Punjab that whoever is behind this brutal act of rape against my child should be severely punished. The criminal has no right to live!" said the father.
However, the hospital's closed circuit television footage is missing a vital portion that could have helped police identify the culprits.
Nevertheless, the sketch of the kidnapper has been released and several men have been arrested for interrogation but breakthrough is expected only through DNA tests.
Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said: "Within two three days, it will be possible that the DNA test and matching... will be done."
Having undergone two operations and being scarred for life, the child now awaits justice.
However, stopping such crimes is an uphill task. Within a span of five days, three more rape cases against young girls have been registered across Pakistan.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), there is a rape in Pakistan every day and an incident of gang-rape takes place every four to eight days.
Experts said the increase in such crimes reveals the degeneration of the moral values of a nation.
Analyst Hassan Askari said: "This crime reflects the inability of the society to enforce discipline. What the society is doing after an incident has taken place, then they are protesting, some are regretting, protesting, demanding, actual action but I think that the important thing is that these things should not take place."
The public is demanding tough punishment for the offenders with some calling for the rapists to be hanged to death in public.
While stricter laws would be an essential part of the solution, civil society also has a role to play.
"You have to educate the people. Develop a strong consciousness amongst the people that children are the shared asset of the whole community and every member of the community has to look after children whether those are his or her or of others." said Hassan.
There is a need to educate a population of 180 million people about proper treatment of women and children.
Experts said the society has always been taught to remain silent about sexual abuse but it is time to remove the shame attached to being a victim of such abuse.
The society needs to address the issue openly and to allow the victims to draw strength from the truth.