Pakistan has recently seen a high rising trend in child sale by parents. Poor people are using this technique as a new invention for addressing the problems of poverty and sufferings. Apart from deep rooted culture of compensation for marriage of female children or women in rural parts of the country, trade of children by criminal mafias and renting of children by drug addict parents for begging and child labor; a new scenario has emerged and accumulating strength where impoverished parents look for buyers of their own children.
On September 16, 2009 a father Mohammad Ayub reached Miran Mohammad Shah road near Hyderabad Press Club to sell his 11 years old daughter “Sameea”. He had the little girl in lap having a placard in her hand, which read “5 daughter and two sons for sale”. Many people gathered to enquire about the matter. On that juncture, he told journalists that he had come to sell his daughter, because of poverty, starvation and unemployment he could not arrange two time meals for his children. He said “ I was a WAPDA employee but was forcefully fired, I am unemployed for last two years and now sale bottles and earn Rs.150 daily which is insufficient amount to feed my children, I can’t see them starved. He asserted “ Now Eid ( a religious celebration) is approaching, my children urge me for clothes and other things but I can’t arrange to purchase for their basic necessities, now I don’t have a penny, what can I do?. He threatened “ I shall sale or slaughter my children and kill myself if I was not given gain full employment. It further came to light that Mohammad Ayub lives with his seven minor children in a small shop type shelter.
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