Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Minor girl's rape, murder sparks protest in Pak

Minor girl's rape, murder sparks protest in Pak

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Pakistans Punjab province, triggering riots in which two people were killed in clashes with police.

"Last night the girls body was found from a heap of garbage in Saddar area of the city", Regional Police Officer (Kasur) Zulffiqar Hameed said, adding the body had been sent for autopsy. "In order to stop them, police resorted to aerial firing", Khan said.

The CCTV footage, which went viral on social media, shows the alleged kidnapper walking by a street, holding the girl's hand.

The protesters pelted stone at the police station, offices of district police officer and district coordination officer in Kasur as the city observed a complete shutter down to protest against the brutal murder.

The incident was widely reported by local media, and people across the country took to social media to condemn the crime. The girl's parents, who had been in Saudi Arabia, flew back to Pakistan on Wednesday and told reporters in Islamabad they would not bury their daughter until her killer was arrested.

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Sharif, who had assured Zainab's father that justice would be done, also fired Kasur's police chief over negligence in the case, according to a Punjab government statement Thursday.

Pakistan does not have laws similar to India protecting the identity of rape victims in the media, which is also why her full name, and pictures of her face are out in the public domain.

Earlier in 2015, a group of pedophiles was busted in Kasur for carrying out sexual misconduct with at least 280 minors. Pakistan police officials told Dawn News that the post-mortem report of the child confirmed suspicions that she was raped before being murdered.

According to data compiled by NGO Sahil a year ago, about 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across the country everyday.

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