Karachi (January 12, 2018): The rape and murder of a young girl in Pakistan has sparked calls for Justice for Zainab around the world, amid anger over a spate of unresolved child sex crimes in the conservative nation.
Police recovered the body of Zainab Ansari — aged seven — on Tuesday from a garbage dumpster in the town of Kasur in eastern Pakistan, four days after she was reported missing.Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan were among the celebrities using the hashtag, which is trending on Twitter.
“This has to stop,” tweeted a “heartbroken” Yousafzai, an outspoken campaigner for girls’ rights in her homeland.
Heartbroken to hear about Zainab – a 7 year old child abused and brutally killed in Kasur, Pakistan. This has to stop. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action. #JusticeForZainab
— Malala (@Malala) January 10, 2018
Zainab was the twelfth girl to be abducted, raped, and killed in the past year in Kasur district.
“This is not the first time such horrific acts have happened,” said Khan. “We have to act swiftly to punish the guilty and ensure that our children are better protected.”Two civilians were killed on Wednesday when officers fired to disperse crowds that attacked a police station in Kasur. The police deny they have been lax in investigating child abductions in the town.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 10, 2018
Actresses Mahira Khan and Sanam Saeed were among those who demonstrated in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, on Thursday.
They say Pakistan’s intelligence service is ranked at number one. Find them catch them jail them castrate them hang them! #JusticeForZainub where are you agents ?
— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) January 10, 2018
This will not stop till we don’t make examples out of these evil butchers! #JusticeForZainab
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) January 10, 2018