Rape, killing of girl, 8, shocks Pakistan

Pakistan       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

Five days after the kidnapping, on January 9, the girl's body was found on a garbage heap in the city, and the autopsy revealed that she was raped before being strangled to death.

The father of the victim has said he will not bury her body until justice is done.

Two people were killed and three others wounded as demonstrators clashed with police in Kasur on Wednesday, hours before Zainab's funeral. Zainab, who was staying with an aunt while her parents were on a pilgrimage, was reported missing Friday.

She wrote that she was "heartbroken to hear about Zainab", adding: "This has to stop".

Incidents like the one which recently took place in Kasur send shivers down one's spine, showing how brutal humanity can be at times.

The protesters pelted stones at the police station, offices of district police officer and district coordination officer in Kasur as the city observed a complete shut down.

Chilling CCTV footage shows the young girl being led away by a mystery man, and Zainab's family say it was relatives - not the police - who took the step of recovering the video.

The barbarous murder of the girl, the 12th such case to occur within a two-kilometre radius of the city over the past year, ignited a wellspring of anger among the city's residents.

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Zainab's uncle Hafiz Muhammad Adnan called for calm amid the protests and said police should catch the murderer alive.

"We want the culprit to be brought in front of us". Police also confirmed that she was strangled to death after being raped.

Zainab went missing on January 4 in Kasur, Punjab.

The murder has prompted calls for action from cricketer Imran Khan and Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai.

Later her family and local traders staged a protest at what they claimed was a lack of action by the authorities to find the culprit, with shop keepers closing their premises in support.

People attend a funeral of a Pakistani girl who was raped and killed, in Kasur, Pakistan, today. According to reuters, this is not the first time such incident has been reported from Kasur. "It seems some parts of Punjab have been turned into hell for the children, especially the girls but Sharif brothers appear to have abandoned their duty as rulers", Bilawal said in a statement.

Pakistani politician and ex-international cricket player Imran Khan also condemned the incident and said that the guilty must be punished "swiftly".

The government of the Punjab province has announced a reward of 10 million rupees ($90,000) for any clue leading to the murderer's arrest.

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