Mobs rampage through Pakistan city in hunt for serial child killer

Ebony Scott
January 15, 2018

We don't want an innocent to be presented as the culprit and killed just to wash this case'.

"Last night the girls body was found from a heap of garbage in Saddar area of the city", Regional Police Officer (Kasur) Zulffiqar Hameed said, adding the body had been sent for autopsy. The report found injuries on her body and face, and a bone in her neck fractured.

As the news spread across the country, its citizens were left angered and horrified.

This is the 12th such case in the same 2-kilometer area, the regional police office confirmed.

She had been allegedly been strangled after being subjected to sexual abuse. The incident sparked widespread protests in the country, demanding justice for the minor rape victim. Her parents were in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

The girl's family alleged that they tried to file a complaint in a local police station, but the cops failed to cooperate with them.

Seven-year-old Zainab Ansari disappeared while walking to a religion class near her home. This took place during the same day, in the evening. Over one mile away from her home. "I can not bear it", she told Dawn. Kiran Naz, an anchor on a local news program, even delivered her broadcast with her daughter on her lap in pointed protest.

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The Punjab government has offered a reward of 10 million rupees (£66,460) for information leading to the killer's capture, as well as compensation for the protesters killed on Wednesday. Scores of other people also gathered at Steel Bagh Mor near the hospital and protested with the girl's body in the middle of the road.

Holding her daughter in her arms, anchor Kiran Naz delivered an emotional speech on January 10 to protest the rape and murder of 7-year-old Zainab.

"Children are vulnerable to sexual abuse all over the world". Eleven cases of a similar nature were recorded in the same neighbourhood during the past year.

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

Eleven children are sexually abused every day in Pakistan, according to a survey conducted by child protection organisation Sahil, though it is thought many more go unreported.

In 2015, more than 200 children were targeted by a criminal gang operating a paedophilia ring in the village of Hussain Khanwala, about 10km south of Kasur. Jibran advised that they should not be demonised or shamed and that they should receive appropriate support from police and the government.

"How long will it take before you all forget about my sister?"

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