Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Zainab rape-murder: Girl's father demands suspect be stoned to death

Zainab rape-murder: Girl's father demands suspect be stoned to death

A child killer whose rape and murder of a six-year-old girl in Pakistan sparked nationwide outrage has been given four death sentences. Her death brought rampaging mobs onto the streets in search of her killer.

Among the punishments, the four death penalties were for kidnapping, raping and murdering Zainab, and for committing an act of terrorism punishable under Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act.

He faces further charges in the cases of eight other children attacked in the city - five of whom were murdered.

The rape and murder of Zainab Ansari was the 12th such case in Kasur district in the a year ago, according to local media reports. The court gave orders for sentencing Imran Ali Naqshbandi to death, four times.

People attend a funeral of a Pakistani girl who was raped and killed, in Kasur, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

In one of the highest-profile court cases in Pakistan, dozens of witnesses testified against Ali during the trial. Prosecutor General of Punjab Eihtesham Qadir Shah also monitored the trial proceedings on the instructions of the Supreme Court that had taken a suo moto notice of the Zainab case.

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He confessed after police investigators said they had matched DNA from nine victims, including Zainab, with Ali.

Zainab was taken from near her home in Kasur on January 4 while her parents were in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage. CCTV footage shows her being led away by a man dressed in white. Mehar Shakeel, the lawyer for Ali, decided not to plead his case after he confessed to his crime.

He was arrested two weeks after Zainab's body was found. Police say they found DNA evidence linking him to Zainab as well seven other girls, reports Reuters.

Ali was also fined Rs 20 lakh for sodomy and hiding the body of Zainab and disrespecting her body by throwing it in the trash heap, reported Pakistan Today.

Prior to the recent flood of cases, Kasur was already infamous for sexual abuse, after authorities uncovered a huge paedophilia ring in the city in 2015. So far at least two people have been convicted in that case.

An organisation which works for child protection, revealed that almost 10 cases of child abuse a day is reported in Pakistan.

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