Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Protests against child rape, killing continue

Protests against child rape, killing continue

Her body was later found for days later and police deduced she had been strangled to death.

Protests have erupted in Pakistan after a six-year-old girl was raped and killed by unknown men in Pakistan's east Kasur city, local reports said Thursday.

The girl's family alleged that they tried to file a complaint in a local police station, but the cops failed to cooperate with them. The enraged protesters tried to storm into the office of deputy commissioner and at least two people were killed in the police retaliation.

Her death kicked off a social media campaign where citizens expressed outrage for government apathy towards repeated cases of child abuse in the country.

Two people died in clashes with security forces, the TOI reported. "This is not the first time such an incident has taken place in Kasur".

Meanwhile, the police issued a sketch of the alleged culprit by judging his facial features from the CCTV footage, and kicked off an investigation and search operation in the area.

The samples have been sent to a lab in Lahore for testing, Dr Attique said, adding that the process of testing can take up to three months.

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The chief minister headed a session of the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order in which provincial ministers, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other relevant persons were present.

Leaders of all political parties condemned the incident and sought justice for the minor girl.

Protests continued for the second consecutive day with some of the demonstrators attacking District Headquarters Hospital hours after Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the bereaved family to offer his condolence.

Police believes that one man or gang is involved in all such incidents.

"It is true when they say that the smallest coffins are the heaviest and entire Pakistan is burdened by the weight of her coffin", says the anchor in her monologue.

According to data compiled by NGO Sahil previous year, about 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across the country everyday.

During a news bulletin, Samaa TV presenter Kiran Naz made a point about how she felt as a mother in the aftermath of the brutal rape and murder of a minor girl in eastern Pakistan's Kasur town.

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