TW: This post includes information regarding sexual harassment, child abuse and rape

Over the recent years, the number of news channels has exponentially increased in Pakistan. One would naturally expect with such growing numbers the news coverage would get better and wider, however, this doesn't seem to be the case. News channels often broadcast the same content at the same time. Basically, whatever already has the attention of the public is broadcasted instead of broadcasting issues or news that needs attention to be brought to.

Unfortunately, the grave issue of sexual harassment, child abuse, and rape is a prevalent issue in Pakistan. Sahil.org gives us some numbers regarding child abuse cases, stating that there were 2676 cases in Punjab, 987 in Sindh, 156 in Islamabad, and 141 cases in KPK. considering the unfortunate fact that the numbers are big, only a few cases have been able to get the attention of the media. The fact that fewer cases are known to people makes the majority of the population unaware of how grave of an issue it actually is.

There have been many instances where the media has played its part in helping get suo motos from the apex courts, etc., and getting authorities to make the relevant measures.

Airing news about specific incidents, and going into detail is usually not the right way to go about these things, what the media could be helpful with is creating more awareness, by perhaps sharing more numbers, bringing experts to educate the public, and even by running campaigns.

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