The Zainab Alert, Recovery and Response Act, 2020

The Zainab Alert, Recovery and Response Act, 2020 is a law passed by the government of Pakistan aimed at preventing and responding to cases of child abduction, abuse, and exploitation. The law is named after Zainab Ansari, a seven-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in 2018. The law requires the establishment of a national and provincial Zainab Alert Response Centers that will serve as a 24/7 helpline for reporting missing children. The law also mandates the creation of a database of convicted child sex offenders, and the publication of their names and photographs. Additionally, the law calls for the appointment of child protection officers to investigate and respond to cases of child abuse and exploitation. Overall, the Zainab Alert, Recovery and Response Act, 2020 seeks to improve the protection and response mechanisms for children in Pakistan.

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