Justice for Zainab: Riots erupt in Kasur after 7-year-old's rape, murder

The rioters.


Riots erupted in Kasur on Wednesday as residents agitated against perceived police inaction over the rape and murder of a 7-year-old resident of the city.

The post-mortem report of the child confirmed suspicions that she was raped before being murdered, police officials told DawnNews.

The brutal murder of the girl, the 12th such case to occur within a two-kilometre radius of the city over the last year, ignited a wellspring of anger among the city's residents.

People hold bamboo sticks as they stage a protest against Zainab's murder.— AFP

Two people were killed by gunshot wounds as enraged protesters armed with sticks and stones attempted to storm the deputy commissioner's office and clashed with police. At least two others sustained bullet injuries.

Television footage showed a policeman firing into the advancing mob before being told to fire into the air. It is not clear yet whether the policeman was responsible for the deaths or injuries.

Punjab government in the evening said six personnel, including four policemen and two civil defence personnel, who allegedly opened fire at the protesters have been arrested.

The minor girl was laid to rest in a graveyard in Kasur after her parents arrived from Saudi Arabia in the evening.