A court in Pakistan has given four death sentences to a 24-year-old man, Imran Ali, for raping and murdering a six-year-old girl last month. On 9 January, Zainab’s body was found in a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur, south of Lahore.
Zainab’s murder triggered protests across Pakistan, including riots against alleged police incompetence in which two protesters died. The victim’s father was in court to hear the verdict, amid heavy security.
On the other side of Border, a right-wing group, Hindu Ekta Manch, along with ruling Bhartiya Janta Party’s state secretary, carried out a protest march in Jammu’s Kathua district to demand the release of a Special Police Officer (SPO), Deepak Khajuria accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old Gujjar girl Asifa Bano whose body was spotted by locals in a nearby forest on January 17.
In a video clip of the rally that was held on February 15, protestors can be seen carrying the Indian flag and chanting anti-government slogans while marching through streets in support of the rapist and murderer Deepak Khajuria.
People from Gujjar community are facing constant threats ever since police arrested those involved in the killing. Some days ago, the water supply to some houses was snapped in Kasana and Kootah villages, locals say.
Asifa bano was abducted, held captive for a week and raped before she was murdered.