KASUR: A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped multiple times and then murdered, police informed Geo News
Police said that the minor, a resident of Rod Kot area of Kasur, was kidnapped on her way to a tuition centre on January 5. Her body was found in a garbage pile near Kashmir Chowk after four days.
The initial postmortem report states that the minor was strangled to death after being raped multiple times.
According to sources, when the incident occurred the minor’s parents were in Saudi Arabia, where they had gone to perform Umrah.
After hearing about the incident, the parents are expected to return to the country today (Wednesday), sources added.
CM directs authorities to immediately arrest culprits
Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, taking notice of the incident, ordered authorities to immediately arrest culprits.
“Arrest the culprit and start the investigation against them,” he said.
The CM also summoned a report from IG over the matter. The culprits won’t be able to escape punishment, he said.
CM expressed grief with the parents of the deceased girl. “Justice for the parents will be dispensed at all costs,” he said, adding that he will personally look after the case investigation.
DPO Kasur, Zulfiqar Ahmed has revealed that over 5,000 people have been questioned in relation to this case, while medical checkups of 67 individuals have taken place. The police official added that police is using video from CCTV as part of the investigation.
People protest high rates of child abuse
As news of the horrific crime spread, people took to the streets and staged a protest on Tuesday. The protesters blocked roads and closed markets. Incident of protesters pushing police officers were also reported near Ferozepur Road.
One of the protesters shared that seven minor girls were kidnapped last year, yet the police failed to arrest a single suspect.
The protest was called off after eight hours when the police assured that the suspects would be arrested.
Traders have announced to protest today (Wednesday) as well. The protest will be staged at Chandi Chowk and Shahbaz Road.
Moreover, people on social media also raised their voice against the incident. #JusticeForZainab was the top trend on Twitter with people calling for immediate action against those responsible.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Arif Alvi also demanded that the “culprits must be found and punished”.