Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Protests Erupt In Pakistan After 7-Year-Old Girl Raped And Murdered

Protests Erupt In Pakistan After 7-Year-Old Girl Raped And Murdered

A Pakistani girl joins others during a memorial for Zainab Ansari, an 8-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and killed last week, in Lahore.

Angry protests broke out Wednesday and Thursday as locals accused the authorities in Punjab province of doing too little to protect their children.

Demonstrations were held in all cities between Faisalabad in the northeast down to Pakistan's southern metropolis of Karachi.

The girl's rape and murder sparked outrage among the residents of the city and whole of Pakistan with social activists and general public starting a trend #JusticeForZainab on social media.

Police recovered the body of Zainab Ansari from a garbage dumpster in Kasur on Tuesday, four days after she was reported missing. He said it could not be ruled out that the murders involved a serial killer.

Four people have been caught in connection with the previous 11 cases and several suspects are now in police custody, he said, adding that their identities can not yet be revealed. He added that police are waiting for forensic evidence to be collected and analyzed.

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"We don't have any expectations from police, as we gave proof to police including the CCTV footage, but they could do nothing", her uncle Hafiz Muhammad Adnan told Reuters.

People's anger turned ugly after a CCTV footage surfaced online showing the last moments of Zainab life as she is being led by a man, who is believed to have raped her and dumped her body on a pile of rubbish.

There were torture marks on her face and Zainab's tongue was crushed between her teeth, she said.

The government on Friday changed head of the joint investigations team (JIT) formed to probe into the incident and appointed Multan's Regional Police Officer Muhammad Idrees in place of Abu Bakar Khuda Baksh.

At least two people have been convicted in connection with that case, in which authorities say hundreds of children in the district were abused.

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