Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

A Little Girl's Murder Has Sparked Protests in Pakistan and Online

A Little Girl's Murder Has Sparked Protests in Pakistan and Online

The girl, who was being looked after by her uncle while her parents were away on a pilgrimage, had gone missing on Thursday last week, adding to a list of at least 11 similar cases in the last one year, Efe news agency reported.

"Two protesters have been killed and three others injured, the situation is still tense", he said. CCTV footage obtained by the family show the girl walking with a stranger, holding his hand and without any apparent signs of fear.

On Tuesday, the search for her yielded a frightful discovery: her body, found in a garbage dump not far from her home.

Riots erupted across Kasur on Wednesday with protestors chanting slogans against police and seeking justice for Zainab. And several of the protests for Zainab have turned violent, with police firing at the crowd, At least two people have been killed.

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Up to 20 people have been arrested over Zainab's murder "but the investigators have been unable to find any clue so far" Mr Sajid said. "I have appealed to the army chief and the chief justice of Pakistan to give me justice as I have no faith in Punjab government and police", he said.

Widespread condemnation is pouring in from all mainstream leaders and national cricketers who are demanding immediate arrest of the culprits and exemplary punishment for them.

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Pakistan's Express-Tribune reports there were also 111 cases of sexual assault in Kasur and other districts in Punjab a year ago alone.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has directed his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif to immediately arrest the culprits and bring them to justice. Her body was recovered from a heap of trash on January 9 and was sent to the District Headquarters Hospital for an autopsy.

This is actually the 12th such case coming out of the same 2-mile radius in Kasur over just this year.

"My daughter could have been saved had police acted when she was abducted on January 5", Muhammad Amin told reporters.

"Regarded as Pakistan's largest child abuse scandal, it came to light after victims' parents clashed with police, accusing authorities of failing to prosecute the case".

A post-mortem examination conducted on Zainab Ansari suggested that she had been raped and sodomised before being strangled to death.

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