ISLAMABAD - Showing concern over the increasing incidents of corporal punishments in Pakistan, Save the Children and Plan Pakistan have written a letter to the Prime Minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, requesting him to support the proposed Child Protection Bill aimed to ensure protection of children from all kinds of violence and abuse. The letter sent by the 20 to 20 Campaign Secretariat on behalf of Save the Children and Plan Pakistan stated that they are alarmed over the growing incidence of violence against children in schools. The incidence of corporal punishment in schools is 86 per cent in Pakistan. Corporal punishment includes hitting, slapping and verbal abuse. It should also be noted that corporal punishment is accounted to be one of the major reasons for the high dropout rate in schools in Pakistan, reads the letter, the letter further stated. The Save the Children Alliance and Plan Pakistan have launched the 20 to 20' campaign for the approval and effective implementation of Child Protection Bill and the National Commission on the Rights of Children Bill 2009 in Pakistan. The campaign was launched on the International Day for Children on 20th of November 2008, with an aim to get both the Bills approved by the 20th of November 2009, the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child.