US News Deadly protests after girl, 8, raped and murdered

04:20  11 january  2018
04:20  11 january  2018 Source:   Sky News

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At least two people have died in protests sparked by the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl whose body was dumped in a rubbish heap.

Zainab Ansari disappeared on her way to a Koranic study class on 4 January and her body was found more than a mile from her home in Kasur, Pakistan, on Tuesday.

Police confirmed the girl was strangled to death and said she was the eighth minor to have been raped and murdered in the city in the past year.

Hours before Zainab's funeral on Wednesday, police and protesters clashed as demonstrators attempted to force their way into Kasur police station.

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At least two people were killed and several injured as paramilitary troops were called in to restore order.

A police official described the situation as "very tense".

Zainab's murder sparked outrage across Pakistan, with #JusticeForZainab trending as one of the country's top Twitter hashtags.

Former cricketer and opposition leader Imran Khan called for police to act swiftly.

He tweeted: "The condemnable & horrific rape & murder of little Zainab exposes once again how vulnerable our children are in our society.

"This is not the first time such horrific acts have happened. We have to act swiftly to punish the guilty & ensure that our children are better protected."

Meanwhile, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said: "The beasts who have disrespected our daughters should be punished immediately."

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