Christian leaders and social activists rally for justice for rape victim Zainab


Hyderabad: January 17, 2018. (PCP) On 16th January 2018Activists of different social and political organisations, students, teachers and lawyers took out rallies and held demonstrations. They demanding justice for Zainab, seven-year-old victim of rape and murder of Kasur, Punjab, and exemplary punishment to her tormentor. The protesters belonging to SHADE, CCDNP, Masihi Samaji Council, Peace Alliance Hyderabad and ARZ Foundation and others gathered outside the press club and shouted slogans against Kasur police and Punjab government. They strongly condemned the incident and demanded that culprits should be punished publicly. Advocate Sooba Bhatti, Ashraf Raza, Boota Imtiaz, Danish Yaqoob, Patrick Asif, Rukhsana Soboba, Akber Clinton, Maqbool Khokhar and others appealed to federal and Punjab governments to take stern action against the culprit and held both the state and society responsible for the tragic incident. They said that Punjab government which was in the habit of making tall claims about its good governance had practically failed to ensure protection to its citizens, especially its most vulnerable section, children. They said that Kasur police had failed to find the girl after she had gone missing and they had still not succeeded in apprehending the culprit. It was a shame that police opened fire on peaceful and unarmed protesters and killed two for raising voice against the shocking crime. They stressed the need for educating children and sensitizing them to crimes with a view to make them safer and urged the government to evolve a comprehensive strategy to curb crimes against children. The protesters’ leaders condemned the incident and warned that it showed no child was safe from criminals and said the government had completely failed to provide protection to its citizens. They called upon the federal government, Chief of Army Staff and other autho­rities concerned to ensure immediate arrest of the culprit to restore people’s trust in the government. Talking to reporters, they demanded the culprits be brought to justice and the victim’s family be provided speedy justice. They expressed deep concern over increasing lawlessness and injustice in the country and demanded that judiciary as well as international human rights organisations should move into action against such incidents. They said that such incidents had heightened fear among children and demanded all public and private schools should install close circuit TV cameras to keep an eye on potential criminals moving around the schools’ premises. at the end participants held a candlelit vigil.

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