In January 2018 when an 8-year-old girl, Asifa Bano was struggling for her life in Kathua in Jammu & Kashmir, Zainab, another 7-year-old girl became the victim of sexual abuse in Kasur, almost 50 kilometers from Lahore.
In Pakistan, roads were blocked and vehicles were burned in Kasur as hundreds of people protested demanding harsh punishment for the accused in the case of raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl.
It all started when Zainab went missing while going to a religious training center on 5th January. As her parents went to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, she was living with her maternal aunt. The CCTV footage, discovered after the abduction, clearly showed her walking with a stranger.
After missing for 4 days, her body was recovered from a heap of trash On 9th January.
The autopsy report confirmed the rape of a 7-year-old girl, which stirred a national outcry demanding justice for the minor girl.
After carrying out DNA test of more than 1,000 suspects, 23-year-old Imran Ali was arrested for raping and murdering Zainab.
The court gave him four counts of the death penalty, one life term, a 7-year jail term and Rs 4.1 million in fines. The four death penalties were for kidnapping, raping and murdering the girl, and for committing an act of terrorism punishable under Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA).
Out of the seven rape and murder cases registered against Imran, the court has given its verdict in five.
According to an order issued, Ali’s death sentence will be carried out on 17 October at Central Jail Lahore, Dawn News reported.
Do you think death sentence can heal the pain of Zainab’s parents, who lost their daughters to predators like Ali?
Do you think if we also show similar urgency in rape cases involving minors, it’ll help make our country a safer place?