Zainab Alert Response and Recovery Agency-ZARRA)

Pakistan is a signatory of United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child. Pakistan recognizes child abduction in all its forms (stranger and parental) as well as the sale and trafficking of children. The Government of Pakistan ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1990 and is obliged to implement its provisions and submit a progress report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Geneva, every five years. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child while considering Pakistan’s 5th periodic report urged for taking legislative measures to protect children from violence, abuse and exploitation. Accordingly, the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act, 2020 has been enacted. The Section 3 of the Act provides for Establishment of Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency. The kidnapping of children, across Pakistan is rapidly increasing. The issue of missing and abducted children is alarming; therefore, the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency (ZARRA) is being established. The legislation has been named after Zainab, a six-year-old girl, who was kidnapped from her home in Kasur, and then raped and killed in 2018.The Act applies to all four provinces of Pakistan and Islamabad Capital Territory and defines the child as anyone under the age of 18 years.

 

The Zainab Alert App is a mobile application that can be used to report missing and abducted children. The app allows users to upload a photo of the child, provide information about the child's disappearance, and share the alert with others. The app also allows users to track the progress of the investigation and receive updates on the child's status.

The standard operating procedures for the helpline 1099 while taking calls of missing and abducted children and reporting them on Zainab Alert App.The ZAINAB ALERT App is available on androide/ios/web Zarra.mohr.gov.pk.