At Least 2 Dead in Protests Over Rape, Murder of 7-Year-Old Girl in Pakistan

#JusticeForZainab
— Malala (@Malala) January 10, 2018

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74.440838 Punjab’s Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif ordered police to arrest the girl’s killers in the next 24 hours and offered a 10 million Pakistani rupee bounty (over $90,000) for anyone who helps identify those responsible. This is the 12th such case in the same 2-kilometer area, the regional police office confirmed, and DNA test results match in at least five of the cases. Outrage builds online
Outrage over Zainab’s murder quickly spread on social media in Pakistan, with many using the hashtag #JusticeForZainab. “This has to stop. The experience has scarred the local community. This has to stop. 11, 2018. “Heartbroken to hear about Zainab — a 7 year old child abused and brutally killed in Kasur, Pakistan,” she tweeted. Pakistani civil society activists hold candles and placard with an image of Zainab, who was raped and murdered in the city of Kasur in Pakistan on Jan. Pakistani civil society activists hold a vigil in tribute to Zainab, who was raped and murdered in the city of Kasur in Pakistan on Jan. Parents ‘living in fear’
CNN’s Pakistani affiliate Geo News reported that Zainab was taken from near her home in Kasur on January 4 while her parents were in Saudi Arabia on an Umrah pilgrimage. He said they would not bury their daughter until those responsible were arrested. “For the last two years, we are living in fear, parents are scared to send their kids outside,” Zainab’s father told reporters. Protesters marched for a second day Thursday in the Pakistani city of Kasur over the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found dumped on a garbage pile. Kasur regional police officer Muhammad Kausar Zulfiqar told CNN that the girl’s body was found on a heap of garbage only 100 meters from her home in Kasur. Her father, Muhammad Amin Ansari, now back in Pakistan, told Geo News that police were not doing enough to find their child. (Credit: Aamir Qureshi / AFP / Getty Images)
Kasur district was previously at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal in which a gang of up to 25 men was accused of blackmailing scores of children into making sex videos between 2009 and 2014. He also asked police to provide full details of the 11 murders of young girls in the same area before that of Zainab. (Credit: Aamir Qureshi / AFP / Getty Images)
Zainab Amin’s killing has angered local people who say the authorities in Punjab province have done too little to keep their children safe after a series of similar killings. Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Price winner, lent her voice to the push for justice. At least two people died Wednesday as protesters clashed with police. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action. Surveillance video provided by the family to police shows Zainab being led away by a man. There were torture marks on her face and Zainab’s tongue was crushed between her teeth, she said. The abuse was uncovered in 2015 and a number of suspects arrested. Zainab was first reported missing on January 5 by her uncle, the regional police office added. Amid rising anger, demonstrators ransacked the office of a local lawmaker for the ruling party, Naeem Safdar, on Thursday and chanted slogans calling for the resignation of Shehbaz Sharif. The report suggests that when the autopsy was performed, she may have been dead for two or three days already. An autopsy has confirmed that Zainab was strangled and sodomized and suggests she was raped, the medical officer who carried out the examination, Dr Quratulain Atique, told CNN. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action.”

Heartbroken to hear about Zainab – a 7 year old child abused and brutally killed in Kasur, Pakistan. 11, 2018 during a vigil in tribute to the child.