Child abuse is a very sore subject in the Middle East. Children are beat daily, for almost no reason at all. There are many signs of child abuse; bruises, broken bones, scratches, deep cuts, etc, They are also taken to concentration camps, and are kidnapped and put in military hands daily without notifying their parents. Organizations all around the world are trying to help prevent this horrific abuse but due to the citizens beliefs and religions claiming they have done it for centuries, they will not change it just because someone doesn’t like it.
Bacha Bazi is a very popular form of child abuse. Bacha Bazi is when men kidnap young men and dress them up as women and force them to dance at parties and big events as a source of entertainment. After the event, the young men are taken home with the older men and are raped. The effect on the men committing the crime is very minimal. These criminals still practice and spread Islam without any regret or problem as if nothing is even occurring. Because Bacha Bazi is so common, most of the male population in the Middle East live with psychological scars due to sexual abuse as a child. As many as 50 percent of men in Afghanistan take young men as lovers. Bacha Bazi is usually performed in secret to avoid any type of punishment. The government understands that it is happening but fail to do anything about it due to the citizens beliefs and religions. The eldest citizens are defending their belief that it has occurred for centuries, and they are completely accustomed to it so why would they change it? But Bacha Bazi is not the only abuse occurring. (Mondloch)
There are many stories featuring child abuse in the media in the Middle East but a few stories caught my eye. The first one tells about two teenage sisters who went to school one day, but never returned home.When they were found, they were dead, faced-down in a swampy canal with signs of being raped and multiple gunshot wounds.Once this story hit the media, more and more stories started coming up. In a single day, the alleged rapes of a four year old boy by his school principal, another four year old boy and a fourteen year old girl all came to the media. The fourteen year old girl was gang raped by four men over a two day time period. These were not the only cases brought to the media. (“Horror of Child Abuse Finally Out in The Open in Muslim Pakistan”)
Mukhtar Mai came to the public about being gang raped in 2002. The convictions of all but one of the six men charged in connections with the case, were overturned. “What makes the reports in Pakistan especially notable is that they haven’t emerged at all, reflecting a broader awareness by victims and the news media.” (“Horror of Child Abuse Finally Out in The Open in Muslim Pakistan”)
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