Murder, rape of 8-year-old Pakistan girl sparks protests around country

Chilling last moments of seven-year-old girl who was raped and murdered before being dumped on a pile of rubbish: CCTV shows girl being led away by mystery man in Pakistan

Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto termed the brutal rape and murder of the girl as "shocking and a slap on the face of Sharifdom (Sharif brothers)".

Protests have broken out across Pakistan after the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in a district south of Lahore, due to public anger at what is seen as the authorities' failure to investigate such cases.

A post mortem examination revealed the child had been raped and strangled.

Meanwhile, tweets expressing outrage over Zainab's rape and murder poured in from all over the country with #JusticeForZainab becoming the hashtag of choice on the micro-blogging platform.

"If the police would have acted immediately, the culprit would have been caught".

Just hours before her funeral, on Wednesday police and protesters clashed as demonstrators tried to force their way into Kasur's police station. Two people were killed in the riots as protestors attacked the deputy commissioner's office with sticks and stones.

Lawyers boycotted judicial proceedings at district bar in protest and demanded early action into the matter.

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In 2015, the city of Kasur was in the global headlines when hundreds of videos of child molestation surfaced and police later arrested several members of a racket involved in selling child pornography to websites in Europe.

"Zainab's father, Ameen Ansari, a security guard at a local technical training institute, announced that he will not bury the body until the police arrest her killers".

I hope and pray the culprits are not only brought to justice but made an example of.

The seven-year-old is the sixth child to have been killed in the city of Kasur in the past year, with police believing that the killings may have been carried out by a single assailant.

On January 4, Zainab Ansari had left her aunt's house to attend Quran class in the neighbourhood from where she was abducted. As many as 10 incidents took place in the first six months of 2017.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz called for an exemplary punishment for the perpetrators. Pakistan's Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted "COAS condemns cold blooded murder of innocent Zainab".

Pakistan police officials told Dawn News that the post-mortem report of the child confirmed suspicions that she was raped before being murdered. "We have to act swiftly to punish the guilty & ensure that our children are better protected", he said.

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