The Pakistani nation is engulfed in grief, shock and anger at the same time. Zainab, a beautiful angel was kidnapped, brutally raped and then murdered in the city of Kasur, Pakistan. This news came not only as a shock, but also as an eye-opener for all the nation. This horrific incident made us rethink our values and norms, why?! Because if innocent, naïve girls are not safe from the society, then who is?!
— 💥 (@mayyakhan1) January 11, 2018
A family of Kasur was ecstatic, because they were to visit Saudi Arab and perform Umrah (a religious pilgrimage, in the Holy City of Makkah and Medina) but a serious question posed before them. What to do of their children (as only the parents had to leave), trusting their relatives who lived nearby, they left their kids at their place. Everything was going well, the parents were taking care of their religious duty while the kids’ lives were not disturbed. They were going to school and madrassah as per their routine.
One fateful day, the little girl Zainab left her home for her madrassah, but never came back home. The relatives were traumatized and searched for here everywhere. They filed a police report, complaining that they couldn’t find the girl anywhere. The police were laid back about it and took the matter in an easy-going manner, assuring that they will search for the girl.
5 days passed by, as the family was now panicking and searching manually continuously. The bereaved parents were about to reach back home to Pakistan, so that they may search for their daughter themselves. But before they could reach their home, they received a news, which took the wind out of their lungs.
Their little angel, of 6, had been found. Dead. Someone had thrown her little body in the dumpster right behind the house of their relative.
Why are bloody separatists silent over rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl Zainab in Pakistan? Zainab was raped and dumped in dumpster when her parents were out for Umrah pilgrimage.
Oh! Yes Hurriyat can't raise their voice against the Pakistan.#JusticeForZainab
— Ibne Sena (@Ibne_Sena) January 12, 2018
Agonizing cries of the family could be heard for miles, as they recognized the body, which was taken to the hospital. The post-mortem report showed that the angel had been raped, tortured and then murdered in cold blood.
The parents arrived back home, all the time praying that the news was false, and their little girl will come bounding towards them when they reach home.
But, they reached home to their daughter’s lifeless body. The same angel that they had bought numerous things for, was lying in front of them, without saying a word.
It is rightly said that, the smallest coffins are the heaviest. And in this case, indeed. It was not only that little girl who died in such pain, but all those people who were silent before.
The Media & Its Role
Pakistani media usually cashes in, when such a news comes to them. But this time, they played their role properly and did everything in their means to find justice for Zainab.
Social media was used for a positive purpose in Zainab’s case. Almost all Pakistanis, shared, commented and have protested against the vial act of crime. People have now rallied groups, trying to get justice for the little angel.
The Chief of Army Staff also has assured that they will do everything in their power to help the government in finding the culprit, and making sure that justice is served.
When investigated, CCTV footage of the area around the house showed Zainab walking away with an adult male. The person was not identified by the parents, as the video was not clear enough. But was can easily be observed is that Zainab obviously knew the person she was last seen with, because the bounce in her step is apparent in the footage. The distraught people of the area and family members protested against the police, saying that the authorities did not take proper action that’s why Zainab had to go through such agony. During the protest, the troubled protesters had a clash with the police. The force then replied with straight fire, injuring 5 and killing 2 people. The people of the deceased blocked the roads and denied to bury their loved ones until the police officers who fired would be dismissed or punished.
گزشتہ روز قصور میں مظاہرین پرفائرنگ کرنے والے چاروں پولیس اہلکار گرفتار … پوچھ گچھ جاری pic.twitter.com/bkG9yoCwc1
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) January 11, 2018
The government of Punjab has published the screen-grabs from the CCTV footage.
While the police and other intelligence agencies are investigating the case, your information may also prove helpful.
Rs. 10 million will be awarded on reporting about the murderer of Zainab. Call @ 049-9250137, 0345-6313334, 0300-4830909 #JusticeForZainab pic.twitter.com/1b3PQaeaqz
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) January 12, 2018
In the Wake of Zainab’s Case
Many celebrities, activists and UN certified personalities of Pakistan are now working tirelessly to make sure that the proper authorities take proper action. Protests, press conferences and rallying of people is taking place, all around the country. The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the Inspector General of Punjab to take strict actions and bring the culprit to court within the next 36 hours.
I am really lost for words…. seven year old Zainab we all feel sorry for you, we all feel ashamed, we all are gutted…. hope those animals who disrespected are caught and hanged!#JusticeForZainab
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) January 10, 2018
Capital Punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again.
— Dr. Abeeha (@Ahtweeted) January 12, 2018
Political parties are also active, claiming that the culprit should be brought in and hanged.
— PTI Rwp Official (@PTIOfficialRWP) January 12, 2018
Many other people are now coming forward, who were either raped, molested and/or objected to forced sexual acts, and recording their statement, to get justice for their criminals.
Another case of Rape with 11 years old boy at Shah faisal colony Karachi, with support of https://t.co/3bxrxzJ1G5 an FIR is launched against the Rapists. Thanks SSP Noman Siddique for Rapid action. Police arrests culprits. will they be punished?#SarimBurney#JusticeForZainab
— Sarim Burney (@syedsarimburney) January 12, 2018
Kasur, A City of Troubled People?
Presently, it is the house of many grieving families. The parents of Zainab, the families of the deceased (in protests), and the people who genuinely care for the distraught people. Zainab’s murder was the 12th such case reported in Kasur (in the past year). This is not the first case reported in the vicinity of Kasur, in 2015 the city made headlines when it was revealed that a group of pedophiles were running a child sex ring in the city. Some of the accused were caught, but later they were let go because of their connections with powerful businessmen of the area.