FAISALABAD, AUG 7 – Due to hunger and domestic strife, parents left their four children under the age of five on the road. Child Protection took the children into its custody.
Nadeem Chaudhry, a resident of Chiniot, said that when he saw four orphaned children sitting on the side of the road, he Called the Rajaua Sadat police, who took the children into their custody.
The children were taken into custody by the Faisalabad Child Protection Bureau on the request of SHO Rajaua Sadat Police Station.
When we spoke to the children at the Child Protection Bureau office, the children told us that we are 4 siblings. Chaand 6years, Sulaman 5 Years, Mehak 4 Years and Maria 3years
According to six-year-old Chand, his father’s name is Jamshid and his mother’s name is Ayesha. And my mother and father were married. There was a fight between my parents and my father beat my mother a lot and my mother left us at home and got angry and went to my grandmother’s house.
According to six-year-old Chand, his father’s name is Jamshid and his mother’s name is Ayesha. And my mother and father were married. There was a fight between my parents and my father beat my mother a lot and my mother left us at home and got angry and went to my grandmother’s house. Our father hit us a lot and he left us at our uncle’s house. When our uncle found out that there was a fight between the parents, our uncle left us on the road and we all sat there crying.
4 year Mehka told us, there were frequent quarrels at home over money. Abu doesn’t go to work, if he goes out, he comes back and says I haven’t got a job. We have nothing to eat at home. We haven’t eaten for two days. My brother said to father, “If you can’t feed us, bring poison from somewhere. We all eat this poison and go to sleep.” My mother started crying and a fight started between my parents.
Miss Rubina Iqbal Cheema, an officer of the Child Protection Bureau, said that separation in families is very harmful for children. In such cases, parents often refuse to keep their children because of conflicts. As soon as the orphaned children are reported, our team takes the children into their custody and finds the heirs of the children and presents them before the judge in the family court. After that, action is taken as per the court order. If the court orders the children to be handed over to the parents, we hand over the children to the parents, otherwise we take the children into our custody.
According to Miss Rubina, Child Protection bureau is a very active department of Punjab Govt. and currently we have about 40 orphans in our custody, 13 of whom have no heirs. Some parents do not want to keep their children because of domestic circumstances poverty on the other hand some parents are serving sentences in prisons. The Child Protection Bureau has dealt with 74 emergency cases during the Covid 19 lockdown in Faisalabad only. The Faisalabad Child Protection Bureau Office keeps orphaned children from one day infant to fifteen years of age and takes special care of their IQ & EQ training. Along with regular education, these children are also given technical training so that they can survive in their future life and be a part of a healthy societyin.
Most children who come to Child Protection run away from home because they are frustrated with their home situation. Adults in the home should strengthen the family system and increase tolerance. Parents should have a good attitude towards each other and with children. If that happened then there would be a drop of children running away from home.
Dr. Rana Simam said that children of separated families have severe negative effects on their psych. ۔ Moreover various types of trauma also harm the mental development of children. And we cannot be acquitted by simply holding the state responsible. We all have a responsibility to protect children. Children must be made aware of the dangers and must be protected. The danger to the child is not only in the street, market or playground; the child can also be in danger at home too. We can divide children into two categories, those who live at home and those who are homeless due to poverty, employment or orphans. There are dangers everywhere for these two types of children. Criminals look for opportunities and try to satisfy their sexual desires by capturing these children and also involve these children in various crimes. Such people are not mentally sick; they have a very clever, cruel and criminal mind and are looking for opportunities. And homeless children are the easiest opportunity.