The number of young boys being sexually abused in Pakistan has increased this year, a new watchdog report said on Wednesday, with more boys between the ages of 6 and 10 becoming victims of harassment as compared to girls. The number of boys being abused increased by 4.3 per cent in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to the study from Sahil, a non-government organisation (NGO) working against child sex abuse.

Such revelations can directly be attributed to the moral crisis of our society, especially the men of our society for whom anyone, woman or child, is fair game. Our society has learnt to keep its girls hidden, so now boys are victims. A predator will prey on anyone who is physically weaker and vulnerable, and sadly there are too many predators. It is often argued that women “have it coming” because of the way they dress, or because they are in a place where they don’t belong, but what justification will society give for young boys being abused? When it comes to these matters, the police and local power holders (all men) have chosen to look the other way, and victims only have to face public humiliation from speaking out.

The report said that 178 boys aged 6 to 10 were abused compared to 150 girls of the same ages. “The reason for this is that more boys go out of home to play in the streets and are easily trapped,” said Mumtaz Gohar, a spokesman for Sahil. So shall we keep boys home too like we keep girls? Shall everyone stop going to school, stop playing outside, because men cant control their base selves?

In August, a huge scandal emerged in Kasur involving at least 280 children who were filmed being sexually abused. Other cases as just more evidence that society as a whole is rotting and need a massive re-eduation in lessons on human dignity and family values. Family values that don’t mean that men, as head of the family, should be obeyed without question, but that man, as human beings, should be empathic to the suffering of other families after they hurt a woman or a child.