2 dead amid protests over rape, death of Pakistani child

Friday, 12 Jan, 2018

She had gone to a religious tuition center near her house in Kasur city, some 50 km from Lahore, on January 5 from where a man said to be a "serial killer" abducted her. There was mud, fecal matter and blood found on her body, Attique said.

The initial postmortem report of the minor stated that she was strangled to death after being raped multiple times, Geo News reported.

"Deeply pained about murder of a 8-year old girl in a child molestation case", he said on Twitter. There is an outrage on social media as well with several campaigns in circulation demanding justice for the girl. In all the cases, the victims' bodies were thrown into buildings under construction near their residences.

Two people died in clashes with security forces.

It was the 12th incident of child molestation in Kasur in a year, according to Zulfiqar Ahmed, a senior police officer. "It is quite possible that these crimes were committed by the same person". At least two others sustained bullet injuries. "It seems some parts of Punjab have been turned into hell for the children, especially the girls but Sharif brothers appear to have abandoned their duty as rulers", Bilawal said in a statement.

On Wednesday, people gathered in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office and chanted slogans against the police and the district administration.

In Lahore, the provincial capital of the state where Kasur is located, protesters blocked a major road connecting the two, causing traffic between them to be suspended.

Nobel Peace prize victor Malala Yousafzai, condemned the murder of Zainab, saying "such brutal incidents have to stop". Chaudhry Mazur, secretary-general of Pakistan Peoples Party's Central Punjab Chapter, also attended the funeral and addressed the demonstrators.

Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said he would personally monitor this case and would not rest till culprits were brought to justice.

Pakistan's top judge also took notice of the incident and directed police to submit a detailed report within 24 hours.

The girl's father, who was in Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage when the incident happened, appealed to the country's chief justice and army chief to provide justice to his late daughter. "That's why I am sitting with my daughter", she told the TV audience.

Among those voicing anger was the cricket star and politician Imran Khan who tweeted: "The condemnable & horrific rape & murder of little Zainab exposes once again how vulnerable our children are in our society".