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Protests erupt over rape and murder of 7-year-old girl

Seven-year-old Zainab was raped and murdered Seven-year-old Zainab was raped and murdered
Faye Gross | 12 January, 2018, 00:39

Her parents were in Saudi Arabia for Haj at the time of the incident.

According to DawnNews, the post-mortem report of the child confirmed suspicions that she was raped before being murdered.

Five days after the kidnapping, on January 9, the girl's body was found on a garbage heap in the city, and the autopsy revealed that she was raped before being strangled to death.

He also asked police to provide full details of the 11 murders of young girls in the same area before that of Zainab.

The Kasur district police had been looking for the culprit with no significant development so far.

Seven-year-old Zainab, who was raped and murdered by an unidentified person, was laid to rest amid tears and grief at the Khawaja Sahib Graveyard in Kasur on Wednesday night.

Two civilians were killed when officers fired live rounds to disburse the mob of people that had gathered at the Police station to protest.

The injured have been shifted to the hospital for medical assistance whereas the security personnel are busy in dispersing the locals.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited the parents of the girl on Thursday and promised them that the guilty will be brought to justice. Police in Kasur said such incidents are happening regularly, hitting the city about once every other month.

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A number of police officials have been transferred out of the region for failing to investigate complaints of missing children since 2015, when authorities uncovered what they said was a paedophile ring linked to a prominent local family.

We demand immediate action against culprits and Pakistan needs to re-evaluate how to deal with such crimes.

The Zainab's last moment captured in CCTV footage show her walking hand-in-hand with a stranger.

The brutal murder of Zainab has incited anger among residents as it is the 12th such case to occur within a two kilometre radius in the city in the a year ago.

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

Activists on social media have condemned the government for failing to arrest those involved in the crime.

"The condemnable and horrific rape of the minor had once again exposed how vulnerable children are", cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan tweeted.

"According to sources, the DNA found on the victim was similar to that found on previous rape and murder victims", reports Express Tribune.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz called for an exemplary punishment for the perpetrators.

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