#AceNewsReport – Jan.15: Editor says this is in support of a post from a great friend & writer l shared on #AceFriendsNews here Sunday #Justice4Zainab – Stand Up Against Child Sexual Abuse: https://acefriendsnews.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/justice4zainab-stand-up-against-child-sexual-abuse/ Pakistani authorities say a suspected serial killer may be responsible for the recent rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari as well as attacks on eight other girls in the northeastern city of Kasur #AceNewsDesk reports
Malik Ahmad Khan, a Punjab government spokesman, said on Sunday that there had been eight attacks on girls in the past two years that were now linked by DNA evidence: Zainab may be the ninth victim of the serial attacker aged between 25 and 35 years old, the spokesman added……..He stated that authorities were now awaiting DNA results to confirm the link………..Khan noted that all nine victims were raped and eight of them were killed. The lone surviving victim remains in the hospital. The bodies of the other eight were all found in Kasur………According to the spokesman, three boys were also raped and murdered in roughly the same time frame that the girls were killed.
Pakistani civil society activists take part in a protest after a girl was raped and murdered in Karachi on January 12, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman noted that the authorities were testing the DNA of around 50 people who were currently in custody……..Pakistani officials had earlier said Zainab was one of twelve young girls that had been raped in the past twelve months in Kasur located near the Indian border. At least 11 of them were murdered.
Supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek political party (PAT) chant slogans during a protest after a girl was raped and murdered in Karachi on January 13, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Police said Zainab was taken from near her home in Kasur on January 4 while her parents were on a pilgrimage. Her uncle reported her missing the next day……..Zainab’s family said police did not respond after they reported their daughter’s disappearance……..Zainab’s brutalized corpse was found in a trash pile about 100 meters from the family home five days after her disappearance…….An autopsy confirmed last week that Zainab was strangled and sodomized. There were torture marks on her face and Zainab’s tongue was crushed between her teeth…….Police release new sketch of suspect in girl’s rape, murder……..Meanwhile, Pakistani police hunting the man who raped and killed Zainab on Thursday released further sketches and surveillance footage of the last moment she was seen alive…….CCTV footage shows Zainab being led away by a suspect five days before she was found strangled……..The police’s new releases have been criticized, as the appearance of the man in the new footage seems different from that of the man seen taking Zainab in earlier release……..Police have come under fire for their slow response to Zainab’s murder, and this weekend failed to catch the killer within a 36-hour deadline given to them by the Lahore High Court.
Pakistani students protest during a rally condemning the rape and killing of Zainab Ansari. (Photo by AP): ………..Zainab’s rape, murder spark nationwide outrage………The brutal killing has shocked the country, with widespread demonstrations in Kasur, Lahore and Karachi……..The demonstrators have accused authorities in Punjab province of doing too little to protect children. They have also ransacked police offices and buildings.Pakistani members of the Hazara community hold a vigil to pay tribute to Zainab Ansari, who was raped and murdered in the city of Kasur in Punjab province, in Quetta on January 11, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
The protests have also prompted a deluge of outrage on social media……….Last Wednesday, at least two protesters were killed when police fired into the crowd of demonstrators as they tried to storm a government building in Kasur……..The authorities deployed troops and paramilitary forces in Kashur after earlier protests turned violent………“Up to 1,000 protesters are in the streets,” Kasur police spokesman Muhammad Sajid said, adding, “They have thrown stones on the buildings of the government hospital, police and deputy commissioner’s office … Security is deployed and trying to control the situation.”
Pakistani activists from Jamaat-e-Islami party carry placards during a protest, after a child was raped and murdered, in Lahore on January 15, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
The demonstrators accused police of failing to act over the child murders……….On Thursday, Punjab provincial government removed the head of the unit that was investigating the deadly assault on Zainab, replacing him with another police officer………The young girl’s family said that they were having trouble coming to terms with her death………Following a spate of killings of young girls over the past months, Zainab’s father, Muhammad Ansari, said last week that residents in Kasur had been living in a state of dread. “For the last two years, we are living in fear. Parents are scared to send their kids outside.”……..He held the authorities responsible for the murder of his daughter……..”I am concerned about this system, that my daughter could have been saved,” Ansari said, adding, “The acts of the authorities, their disinterest and lack of help have led to the death of my child.”………Muhammad Iqbal, a neighbor, said that the city was wracked with fear as the specter of a predator loomed large. “We are not letting our girls get out. We’re terrified about their safety after what happened to Zainab.”…….Kasur district was previously at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal in which a gang of over two dozen men was accused of blackmailing scores of children into making sex videos between 2009 and 2014. The abuse was uncovered in 2015, and multiple suspects were arrested……..
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