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Cases of child abuse are considered too routine to be reported in Pakistan

Written by Khaled Ahmed | Updated: February 10, 2018 8:51 am
Zainab rape and murder case in Pakistan People attend a funeral of a Pakistani girl who was raped and killed, in Kasur, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 (AP Photo/File)

Raping and killing of children has become a grave problem in Pakistan. After scores of cases in Punjab, three incidents were reported on January 28 from different districts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. A girl-child was kidnapped, raped and killed in Quetta, Balochistan. In Karachi, there is so much violence that such cases are considered too tame to be even reported.

The man who raped and killed seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur — a city south of Lahore in Punjab — has finally been nabbed through a DNA test. Imran Ali was a predator and had killed seven girls earlier. The 24-year-old boy was a religious person who sang praises of the Holy Prophet for a living, and had, in the past, been praised by the pious.

Read | Pakistan erupts in protest following rape, murder of 7-year-old

Zainab was was sexually assaulted for four days before her dead body was thrown in a rubbish dump near her home on January 9. Kasur erupted in violence after the police treated a report after her abduction as a routine matter. There was accumulated rage as well. According to an official count, “10 children, five of them girls, had been sexually assaulted and murdered in Kasur in a short span of time.” This was too much, even by Pakistani standards. The country convulsed with rage.

A district police officer told the media that Zainab was the eighth girl to fall victim to possibly one rapist-killer in Kasur. He said 5,000 suspects had been arrested and medical tests had been carried out on 67 of them. The first such incident had occurred in 2015. This gives one a measure of how incompetent the police and administration of Kasur have been regarding what were actually not routine crimes.

As the officials have made it known, it is not only Kasur where such an outrageous incident has taken place. Similar incidents have also taken place in Okara, Pattoki and Ganda Singhwala — cities neighbouring Kasur. Eight boys were murdered after a criminal assault in 2017. Punjab’s Inspector-General of Police Arif Nawaz told the media that “a single man appeared to be involved in all the cases of child rape and murder”.

Such incidents have been on the rise all over Pakistan. Middle and lower-middle class parents focus only on the religious instruction of their children. At home and in school, they are not trained to be on guard against such psychopaths. Pakistan is not the only country that has such a problem. However, in other parts of the world, the local administration is more sensitised to the issue and children are trained to be on guard against such predators.

In Sargodha, the body of a violated 15-year-old girl was dumped in the fields on January 11. In November last year, a 10-year-old vendor was killed after being sexually assaulted. The police refused to register the case. Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif had taken notice of the incident and suspended the station house office and deputy superintendent of police from service.

In Pattoki, an 11-year-old boy was allegedly strangled after being sexually assaulted. In Faisalabad, a 16-year-old boy was found dead after going missing. In Sheikhupura, an eight-year-old girl was abducted, raped and strangled before being thrown in a dustbin.

In Kasur, the police registered first information reports, not against the offenders, but against the plaintiffs who were then taken into custody and punished for reporting the crimes. The local judge acquitted the gang and incarcerated the poor parents.

The victims of the Saleem Shirazi gang of rapists went to Lahore and protested in front of the Assembly after which Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called them in and heard their grievances for four hours. He promised to help with lawyers and transport. But he ended up doing nothing.

Imran Ali will surely be given the death sentence but Pakistan’s increasingly abnormal collective mind wants a public hanging. Political parties are blaming each other for these gruesome incidents. Sensation-hungry journalists are busy making a case of international involvement. The seem to be alluding to child-porn gangs of Europe paying Imran Ali for sending them “good video material” from Kasur.

The writer is consulting editor, ‘Newsweek Pakistan’

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  1. Jawad Ahmed
    Feb 10, 2018 at 9:06 pm
    What is your concern about Pakistan. I told you before as well. Every week you write article which is always against Pakistan and fueling more hate between the two countries. You should be shameful of your writings. As always said money is not everything. This money will not last long with you
    1. Ajay Latif
      Feb 10, 2018 at 9:59 pm
      Hey Jawad. Are you part of problem or solution? Do you belong to cyber forces of 8-10 terrotist minded Pakistanis? Exposing defects is jihad. Covering it up by people like you, is cowardice.
    2. Nandu Bhai
      Feb 10, 2018 at 5:25 pm
      Good thing about India is the Free Press that brings to light and shames culprits of evil crimes. Keep it up, it may look bad when reporting but in the long term it is for the good. This is not the case in Pakistan and they need to learn.
      1. The Void
        Feb 10, 2018 at 9:23 am
        CHILD RAPE IS AN ACCEPTED FACT in islam, even those muslims who oppose it they have also accepted it.... and the REASON behind this acceptance is their PROPHET mohammad, who himslef a pedophile.....When prophet himself is a child rapist why followers cant be??? ..... Look at scandal In DEOBAND MADARSA in Uttar pradesh where Maulavis, Muftis sodomize/rape little boys in the name of teaching QURAN.....watch this video on UTUBE , search, "GEY SECX SCANDAL IN DEOBAND MADARSA........same story in all other madarsas around the world.........also search on UTUBE, "HIDDEN SHAME OF PAKISTAN"........., and search "BACHA BAZI" also, spread this campaign to stop madarsa from becoming RAPE HOUSES of little muslim boys/girls.
        1. The Void
          Feb 10, 2018 at 9:23 am
          HOW POOR AND DEFENSELESS HINDUS WERE brutalized by terrorists like khilji from turkey, taimur from mongo lia and akbar aurangjeb from uzbekistan ancestory to convert them to islamic cult is a historical fact................... But you know whats ""THE MOST MISERABLE FACT?"" its this, that even after islamic terrorist rule is over, these converts STILL call themselves muslims, they STILL follow arabic culture, read their literature, and STILL praise and defend rapists, murders of their own family ancestors!................... they even name their children after those tormentors! What a pity!!................. Its called doing MENTAL SLAVERY, and this HABIT of mental slavery is due to inter-generational PHYSICAL SLAVERY for almost 1000 years....... But converts need to show right understanding and courage to break free themselves from this vicious cycle of mental slavery.
          1. The Void
            Feb 10, 2018 at 9:23 am
            WHY ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION AND ALLAH NOT A GOD....Cult of islam was created by pedophile fraudster mohammad just recently in 7th century, before 7th century there was NO ISLAM, NO ALLAH, NO MUSLIMS........... ancestors of mohammad were worshipers of LORD SHIVA, but insipred by jesus's fame mohammad also wanted start HIS OWN CULT just like jesus, so he created concept of islam and allah......... but KABA IS KAILA, even today all you converts worship the SHIVALINGA AT KABA, its called HAZRE ASWAD.....and allah is one of the names of MOTHER GOD AMBA in Sanskrit.........King Vikramaditya have accounts of visiting that Kaba Shiv Mandir, these accounts are still there in a library in Turkey with the name SAYAR-UL-OKUL.....Mufti Muhammad Ilyas also says Shiva is the first Prophet of muslims.... "Ex-MUSLIM" and ACTIVIST ALI SINA also says there is nothing like islam.....converts should search and read their (short) history and you people will come to know that all this is true..islam is FAKE.
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