Timeline of protests over 7-year-old Zainab's rape, murder in Pakistan

Timeline of protests over 7-year-old Zainab's rape, murder in Pakistan

Kasur made worldwide headlines in 2015 when a gang of paedophiles running a child sex ring was busted, Dawn reported. The gang had allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted at least 280 children in the area, had blackmailed the families of the victims since 2009, and even sold video clips and images of the assault online.

A serial killer may have been behind the rape and murder of young girl in Pakistan whose killing sparked deadly clashes between protesters and police, an official said Saturday.

The IGP told the court that a total of 11 incidents of rape with minor girls had occurred during the last two years in the district.

Two protesters were killed on Wednesday after an angry crowd tried to storm the local police headquarters, and police opened fire.The Punjab government is offering a 10m rupee ($90,000; £67,000) reward for anyone who helps police find and arrest Zainab's killer, and has offered 3m rupees each to the families of those killed by police on Wednesday, the BBC was told.

Zainab was taken from near her home in Kasur on January 4 while her parents were in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage, CNN's Pakistani affiliate Geo News reported.


"We don't have any expectations from police, as we gave proof to police including the CCTV footage, but they could do nothing", her uncle Hafiz Muhammad Adnan told Reuters. The report found injuries on her body and face, and a bone in her neck fractured.

Police said the girl seemed to have been killed four or five days ago.

The hearing in the case has been adjourned till Jan 15. The CM then also took only notice of the incident. "I'm a mother and that is why I'm sitting here with my daughter", Naz was quoted as saying by The Times of India report. "We are now afraid of letting our children leave the home".

"The rapist or the murderer is a serial killer". The girl was strangled to death after being raped.

Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said he would personally monitor this case and would not rest till culprits were brought to justice. Scores of other people also gathered at Steel Bagh Mor near the hospital and protested with the girl's body in the middle of the road. He said 227 suspects were arrested during this period and DNA of 67 of them was got examined. Existing laws that deal with crimes against women could possibly be expanded to include crimes against children, he suggested.

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