By Our Staff Reporter
Karachi: A minor girl was raped, murdered and her body set ablaze in Pakistan.
Cold blooded murder of five years old girl in Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi has sent shocking waves across country of 210 million Sunni majority population.
Minor girl was raped and murdered, police says.
Police teams founded torched body of a minor girl Yesterday on on Sunday from Karachi’s Old Sabzi Mandi area, two days after she went missing.
Five-year-old victim, Marwah, had been kidnapped and raped before being murdered. Her body was set on fire. She was reported missing from the Old Sabzi Mandi area two days before her body was found in a trash heap on an empty plot in the same area in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to local media reports, girl’s body was shifted to Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre where a post-mortem examination was held. According to the autopsy report, the victim had been sexually assaulted and had died from head injuries.
Police has taken a suspect into custody and started investigating the case.
Family members and relatives of the minor girl staged a protest against kidnapping, rape and murder of the child and blocked the Main University Road after her burial in the morning. Some men, carrying sticks, were seen asking commuters to take alternative routes and the main road from Hasan Square to New Town was closed for traffic.
Demonstrators urged countrymen to get up, demand justice for the victim, recalling that in 2018 the nation had come together for six-year-old Zainab Ansari who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Kasur. Zainab’s rapist and murderer was hanged in October 2018.
Zainab’s gory murder had sparked outrage in the country and raised questions over the security of children and responsibilities on the part of the authorities concerned to prevent increasing incidents of child abuse in Pakistan.
The recent incident also caused a furore on social media. ‘Justice for Marwah’ was the top trend on Twitter on Sunday as users demanded justice for the victim.
Earlier this year, the Senate approved the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Bill, 2019, paving the way for the child protection legislation to become a law meant to ensure the protection of minors. A helpline has been set up to report missing children and that Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency (ZARRA) has been established to issue an alert for a missing child.
According to the law, ZARRA will coordinate with all relevant federal and provincial authorities and law enforcement agencies, and maintain an online database of all children reported missing or abducted with their current status.