Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Hunt for killer who raped 7yo in Pakistan

Hunt for killer who raped 7yo in Pakistan

Police in Pakistan are stepping up a manhunt for a possible serial killer after an eight-year-old girl was found raped and murdered in Kasur, eastern Punjab, sparking widespread protests.

Her body was found in a rubbish heap more than a mile from her home in Kasur, close to the border with India, on Tuesday. Local media organisations quote police chief Zulfiqar Hameed as saying that an autopsy suggested that the girl was raped before being strangled to death at least five days ago.

Her father, Muhammad Amin Ansari, now back in Pakistan, told Geo News that police were not doing enough to find their child. "I have no words".

It is to be mentioned here that as many as 12 children have been killed after rape in Kasur in one year whereas police officers have killed three people involved in such criminal activities. The police has arrested and interrogated scores of suspects and conducted dozens of forensic and DNA tests, but without much headway. "While they didn't do anything, my friends and family spent day and night looking for my daughter", he added.

Local politicians have met the family and promised the killer would be caught.

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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.

On Wednesday at least two protesters were killed when police fired into the crowd of demonstrators as they tried to storm a government building in Kasur, a senior police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

This has led to public outcry, with protesters demanding justice for Zainab. Her parents, who were away at a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia at the time, returned on Wednesday, landing at the Islamabad airport.

"Police was quick to open fire on the people seeking justice for my daughter but showed it's routine callous attitude to trace her when she had gone missing", he said. But someone wisely said: "'The smaller the coffin, the heavier it is.' That kind of funeral is the kind that has the city of Kasur and all of Pakistan out on the streets today". The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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