FAISALABAD: A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped and killed in Faisalabad’s Jaranwala district. The funeral of the second-grade student was held on Monday, with initial reports suggesting that the minor was raped and then strangled. Her body, recovered from fields in the area, was also mutilated with one of her limbs cut off. Police registered a First Information Report (FIR) in the city’s police station against unknown suspects. The police’s inability to nab the culprit and conduct an investigation has pushed residents to the edge as they protested and took to the streets. To curb the demonstrations, police tried to enter the area with heavy vehicles, but the enraged protestors blocked off the entrance. Inspector-General Punjab Arif Nawaz Khan has taken notice of the minor’s rape and death, and has sought a report from Central Police Office Faisalabad within 24 hours. IG Khan said that the perpetrator of the crime will be arrested soon and justice shall prevail.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2018.