Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Pakistan erupts in protest following rape, murder of 7-year-old

Asif Hassan—AFP Asif Hassan—AFP
Charlie Simmons | 13 January, 2018, 03:43

Television news channels across Pakistan claimed the young girl had been raped and apparently strangled to death.

Mr Ansari had accused the police of being slow to respond after his daughter was reported missing last week. On Thursday, one newscaster found a way to talk about the tragedy.

She, too, is a mother, she told her audience.

Test cricketers Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz tweeted that it was unbelievable that this brutal incident took place in Pakistan. "Those involved in abusing children feel they can get away with their crimes", Bano added.

Referring to Zainab, she said "the smallest coffins are the heaviest, and the entire society is burdened by the weight of her coffin".

Naz then reflected on what Zainab's parents must be feeling. However, they are still looking for her captor. Police officers recovered her body from a garbage heap near Zaki Ada. They revealed that 11 cases of child abuse are reported from Pakistan every day.

The clip quickly went viral on social media, capturing the attention of an angry country.

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It was the twelfth case of a girl being abducted, raped and killed in the past year in the district. At least 12 other children have been kidnapped and sexually assaulted over the past two years.

On Thursday, police told Al Jazeera they were still investigating leads, after interrogating 227 people in connection with the case. "It involves resource allocation, sensitisation and training of law enforcement agencies, health and legal officials, as well as child protection information for parents, schools and children themselves", Rashid told DW. Kasur has seen over 700 cases of child rape since 2015, and was in the news before that because of a child abuse ring that captured, abused and videotaped scores of children between 2009 and 2015. "Globally in 2014, 1 billion children aged 2-17 years experienced physical, sexual, emotional or multiple types of violence".

Gill speaks about the need of educating children about sexual abuse during a segment in the show Dunya Kamran Khan Kay Saath in the video below. Online, cricket stars, major performers and politicians decried her death.

Zainab's family raised the alarm after she did not arrive home from her religious studies class earlier in the month.

And on the streets, riots were roiling on.

Zulfiqar Hameed, the police chief in Kasur, refused to say whether the two people killed in Wednesday's clashes had died from police gunshots.

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