ISLAMABAD: Federal Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, Rabiya Javeri Agah has taken serious notice of the tragic incident of chopping off a child’s hand by his employer in Sheikhupura. According to the media reports, 13-year-old boy Irfan s/o Falaksher was a house keeper at Shafqat Bibi, in Safdarabad (District Sheikhupura). Allegedly, the employers have cut off right hand of the boy with a fodder cutting machine over some issue. In this regard, the Secretary, Rabiya Javeri Agha, has asked the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) to conduct a fact finding inquiry into the incident and to furnish a detailed report to the Ministry on priority.
During a meeting, the Secretary said that the MoHR is taking various measures to address the increasing violence against children in the country, which include the National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill and The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Child Protection Bill, 2016. She highlighted that a Public Awareness Campaign on Human Rights, with special focus on the Rights of Children and Women has been initiated under the Action Plan for Human Rights, approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 13th February, 2016. She also shared that National Commission for Human Rights and Human Rights Toll Free Helpline (1099) are effectively addressing the human rights violation issues, mainly the violence against Children and Women.
She further said that in order to combat violence against children, a Regional Forum “South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children” (SAIEVAC) has been established comprising 8 SAARC countries. The SAIEVAC is focusing on five thematic areas i.e. child labour, child trafficking, child sexual abuse and exploitation, child marriages and corporal punishment. Pakistan is playing a leading role in implementation of the joint agenda of ending violence against children.
Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha, has re-iterated that the MoHR is committed to adopt all possible measures to ensure protection and promotion of rights of weaker segments of the society, especially children, women and minorities, etc.