Kasur incident exposed again how vulnerable children are in Pakistan: Imran
Kasur incident exposed again how vulnerable children are in Pakistan: Imran
Just why is a hashtag from the other side of the world trending right now? [TWEETS]
12 January, 2018, 03:27
Her body was discovered in a dumpster about a mile from her home four days later. In Rawalpindi, traffic remained suspended for several hours as protesters demanded justice for her.
Zainab's funeral was held in Kasur with hundreds of people. Ansari was staying with relatives while her parents had gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Kiran spoke about how she had felt as a mother on hearing Zainab's killing. This has led to an outpouring of condemnation on the streets and also on social media under the hashtag #JusticeForZainab.
The protests claimed two lives when police resorted to firing in a bid to stop the protesters from surrounding the District Police Officer (DPO) and District Coordination Officer (DCO) offices.
"We want justice. We want the culprit to be brought in front of us".
Zainab's death comes less than three years after a scandal in Kasur when at least 280 children were filmed being sexually abused by a gang of 25 men, who blackmailed their parents by threatening to leak the videos.
Protests in the Kasur soon erupted after Zainab's body was recovered from a garbage heap on Tuesday, which are still ongoing.
Among those voicing anger was the cricket star and politician Imran Khan who tweeted: 'The condemnable & horrific rape & murder of little Zainab exposes once again how vulnerable our children are in our society.
Pakistani demonstraters carry placards during a protest against the rape and murder of a child in Lahore on January 11, 2018.
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Nobel Peace prize victor Malala Yousafzai, condemned the murder of Zainab, saying "such brutal incidents have to stop".
A First Investigation Report (FIR) has also been lodged against the assailants on the directives of Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, who strongly condemned the heinous act and also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. We have to act swiftly to punish the guilty & ensure that our children are better protected'.
The Punjab government announced a reward of 10 million Pakistani rupees for providing information on the killers.
A number of police officials have been transferred out of the region for failing to investigate complaints of missing children since 2015, when authorities uncovered what they called a paedophile ring linked to a prominent local family, reports Reuters.
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