Pak court: Nab culprit behind child's rape, murder in 36 hrs

Pak court: Nab culprit behind child's rape, murder in 36 hrs

Pak court: Nab culprit behind child's rape, murder in 36 hrs

The Punjab government also offered Rs3 million to the families of each victim. Vigils and demonstrations are being held in all major Pakistani cities.

It was the twelfth case of a girl being abducted, raped and killed in the past year in the district.

Zainab Ansari's rape and murder has shocked Pakistan, and as the news spread out on the social media, people are giving their support and condolences to the family. They demanded that the culprits be arrested and sentenced to death, The Express Tribune reported.

Shehneel Gill, senior trainer at a non-government organisation Aahung, urges on the need for parents to open communication with their own children while themselves being aware of what abuse is. "How was our child kidnapped from a busy market?"

In 2015, a gang running a child sex ring was busted in Kasur by the police. The scandal sparked countrywide condemnation and anger against authorities.

Four days after she went missing, seven-year-old girl Zainab Ansari's body was found on Tuesday near a garbage dumpster, roughly two kms from her house.

Separately, the former Prime Minister and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said while talking to media in Lahore that Kasur incident was a blood-curdling, and it was very condemnable.

"One in five children in Pakistan is abused", said Ayesha Ijaz, programme manager at Aahung, which deals with such cases. Several hundred law enforcement officials are involved in the manhunt; at least 90 suspects have had their DNA tested. "Campaigns are to be conducted in schools, colleges and public spaces to create awareness for prevention of child abuse".

There have been scores of similar cases in this region of Pakistan, including 12 in the past year within a less than two-mile radius.

According to a NGO Sahil, every day more than 11 children under the age of 18 fall prey to sexual abuse in Punjab province of Pakistan. "Zainab's case is just the tip of the iceberg", Rashid said.

In her two-minute-long monologue, the anchor talked only about Zainab and the pain that her parents must be going through. He also directed to submit report comprising of all the rape cases in Punjab.

"Kasur is particularly exposed to such crimes because child labour is also rampant in the city". Who died, why did they die, we don't even get the answer.

"A serial killer seems to be behind this incident".

Activists are now suggesting ways the government can tackle this problem.

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