Farida Aziz


When I started my job as a pediatrician in one of the
teaching hospitals in Pakistan, I asked one of my
colleagues ‘Do you see child bettering in this
country’? The prompt answer was… ‘NO! We see
wife bettering not child battering’.
But as the days and months passed and an
avalanche of human problems started emerging in
front of my eyes, the situation was entirely different.
How do we define child battering? Is it just
physical abuse? The answer is no. Child abuse can be
in many forms: Mental Abuse, Emotional Abuse
Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Moral and Ethical
Abuse and perhaps in its most important and subtle
form… Child Neglect.1
I found intentional and unintentional child
abuse so common in its many forms with or without
awareness by all concerned, that it was appalling; the
concerned including older siblings, Parents, doctors
and the society in general.

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