Head of JIT formed to probe rape, murder of Zainab changed

Head of JIT formed to probe rape, murder of Zainab changed

A young girl from Kasur, Pakistan, named Zainab, reportedly between the age of six and eight, was reported missing last week by the relatives she was staying with while her parents visited Mecca.

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.

Her body was found in a rubbish heap more than a mile from her home in Kasur, close to the border with India, on Tuesday. The girl's parents, who had been in Saudi Arabia, flew back to Pakistan on Wednesday and told reporters in Islamabad they would not bury their daughter until her killer was arrested.

According to Pakistan's law, whoever commits rape of minor or person with mental or physical disability shall be punished with death or imprisonment of life.

Three police officers were arrested for opening fire on protesters instead of into the air. Recovery of the girl's body on Tuesday and the brutal manner in which she was murdered sparked off protests in Kasur and prompted a strike in the city. Pakistan police officials told Dawn News that the post-mortem report of the child confirmed suspicions that she was raped before being murdered.

The case has attracted the attention of the country's civilian and military leadership with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif calling for immediate action. "In order to stop them, police resorted to aerial firing", Khan said.

Riots erupted across Kasur on Wednesday with protestors chanting slogans against police and seeking justice for Zainab.

The hashtag #JusticeForZainab has been sweeping Pakistani social media over the last few days, with people taking to social media to express their sorrow, outrage, horror, and demands for meaningful and tangible methods to address the rampant problem of child sex abuse in Pakistan.

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