Protestors clash with police over girl's rape, murder

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Punjab's Destitute and Neglected Children Act 2004 has a limited role that can not do anything for sexually abused children and its government is yet to approve the long-awaited Punjab Child Protection Policy 2006.

Zainab's brutal murder is twelth such case to occur within Kasur over the previous year. Four days after she went missing, seven-year-old girl Zainab Ansari's body was found on Tuesday near a garbage dumpster, roughly two kms from her house. Autopsy reports revealed that the girl was subjected to rape, torture and was then strangled to death.

As the news spread across the country, its citizens were left angered and horrified. The police have registered a case and started investigation. They have been accused of not doing enough to tackle child sexual abuse in the country. Zainab's murder has caused uproar in Pakistan, where people are demanding justice and the immediate arrest of the culprits.

Zainab's family raised the alarm after she did not arrive home from her religious studies class earlier in the month. She had gone to nearby fields to answer call of nature and did return.

Police in Kasur say there have been 12 similar murders in the past two years. This took place during the same day, in the evening. Ending her monologue on a very emotional note, Naz said that it was not Zainab but the whole of humanity that had died that day. Over one mile away from her home.

She, too, is a mother, she told her audience.

"I have no information about any arrest in my daughter's murder case", Zainab's father Amin Ansari told Tanvir Shahzad, DW's correspondent in Lahore.

She also criticised Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah's statement who had said that "a child's safety is the parents' responsibility". Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah took notice of the murder of the girl and sought report from the Punjab government.

"They had thrown stones on the buildings of the government hospital, police and deputy commissioner's office... security is being deployed and trying to control the situation", he said. They have also smashed vehicle windows with sticks.

Pakistanis expressed their shock on social media using the hashtag "justiceforZainab".

Protesters denounced inaction by police in the death of Zainab Ansari, whom local media reported was 7 or 8 years old, and other children like her.

Whether it's India or Pakistan, there's no end to the crimes perpetuated against women and children.

It was good to see that the COAS also paid attention to the Zainab case.

After every incident of child abuse, the debate in Pakistan focuses on the government's inefficiency to act against the perpetrators of the crime.