Pakistani protesters demand action after rape, murder of 7-year-old girl

Pakistani protesters demand action after rape, murder of 7-year-old girl

Pakistani protesters demand action after rape, murder of 7-year-old girl

Preliminary examination of the minor's body - that was recovered from a garbage dump on Tuesday - had revealed rape before she was killed, and led to violent protests in Kasur during which two people died and several acts of vandalism took place. According to Pakistani media, traders shut shop to join a demonstration near the hospital demanding strict action against perpetrator.

Three police officers were arrested for opening fire on protesters instead of into the air. They also called out the incompetence of the police at handling child abduction cases in the region. "Our thoughts are with the parents of the girl", they said and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

Violence erupted before the girl's funeral on Wednesday leading to clashes between protesters and police.

Almost everywhere, the refrain was the same: The government must not only bring this killer to justice - it must also do a better job to protect its citizens. One newsreader, Kiran Naz, even made a unique statement during her news broadcast yesterday, bringing her young daughter to work and completing the show with the child seated on her lap.

"This has to stop", tweeted Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai, who hails from Pakistan and said Wednesday she was "heartbroken" to hear of the girl's killing.

Kiran's comments recieved acclaim and support from everyone on twitter, calling her compassionate and powerful.

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Zainab's death comes less than three years after a scandal in Kasur when at least 280 children were filmed being sexually abused by a gang of 25 men, who blackmailed their parents by threatening to leak the videos.

"Parents are anxious for their children". It seems that this horrifying case has finally opened the floodgates to long-held anger and despair at the situation in Kasur, and Pakistan at large.

This is actually the 12th such case coming out of the same 2-mile radius in Kasur over just this year.

Ruling PML-N member Punjab Assembly Hina Butt submitted a privilege motion in the assembly, seeking justice for 11 other minor girls who were killed after rape in Kasur and adjoining areas during the a year ago.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, while chairing a meeting, announced a Rs 10 million reward for those who would help identify the killer of Zainab.

"I assure the House that culprits involved in the heinous crime would be behind the bar soon". Those failing in their duties will be proceeded against. "How was our child kidnapped from a busy market?"

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