Pakistani court directs police to arrest Zainab rape-murder culprit

Pakistan: Rape and murder of Zainab Ansari sparks deadly riots in Kasur amid hunt for perpetrator

At least two people have died during violent clashes between police and protesters.

The Punjab government had also denied the claims.

Demonstrations were held in all cities between Faisalabad in the northeast down to Pakistan's southern metropolis of Karachi.

Police recovered the body of Zainab Ansari from a garbage dumpster in Kasur on Tuesday (local time), four days after she was reported missing.

It was the twelfth case of a girl being abducted, raped and killed in the past year in the district.

"I have no information about any arrest in my daughter's murder case", Zainab's father Amin Ansari told Tanvir Shahzad, DW's correspondent in Lahore.

The chief justice only spoke of reports on social media suggesting arrest of the culprit, the spokesman explained. "We need all our girls and all children safe", he said. "How was our child kidnapped from a busy market?"

Naz then reflected on what Zainab's parents must be feeling.

While Zainab's parents were on a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and buying toys for their little girl, "a monster in Pakistan was raping her and throwing her body" into a rubbish pile, she said.

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Zainab's killing has sparked a social media deluge, with politicians, celebrities, cricketers and average Pakistanis demanding #JusticeForZainab.

Regardless, this still highlights how the issue of child abuse is growing in Pakistan. Several hundred law enforcement officials are involved in the manhunt; at least 90 suspects have had their DNA tested.

"Children are vulnerable to sexual abuse all over the world".

There have been scores of similar cases in this region of Pakistan, including 12 in the previous year within a less than two-mile radius.

Sahil, a Pakistani child protection charity, released a report in 2016 on child sexual abuse entitled 'Cruel Numbers'. "Zainab's case is just the tip of the iceberg", Rashid said. This took place during the same day, in the evening.

The provincial police chief, meanwhile, submitted a report to the Supreme Court on Thursday, defending his department's investigation into the case.

Kasur District has a particularly bad record of child abuse.

Whether it's India or Pakistan, there's no end to the crimes perpetuated against women and children.

On Thursday, police told Al Jazeera they were still investigating leads, after interrogating 227 people in connection with the case.

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