LAHORE - Demos to show solidarity with the family of Zainab continued in the city on Friday.

Pakistan Global Initiative for Law and Justice and Mere Log jointly organised a candlelit vigil outside Lahore Press Club.

A large number of students, members of civil society and lawyers jointed the demo.  The participants carried the pictures of Zainab and placards, calling for justice and child protection. 

Calling child rape ‘terrorism’,  Makhdoom Wasim Qureshi said: “Barbaric incident of Kasur has made us ashamed. He urged the parliamentarians to make special laws rights and protection of the children. National Action Plan was also needed for their safety, he further said.

Mere Loug’s founders Muhammad Saqib Rasheed  and Syeda Waseela Zahra also spoke on the occasion.

“Peoples need awareness on sexual harassment,” said Syeda Waseela Zahra.  “Child abuse is serious issue but politicians just doing blame game,” she stated.

“We want justice for Zainab,” she said and expressed her resolve to continue raising voice for the cause. She also appealed to people to join hands with the child rights champions.

Various religious and political parties also staged similar protest to mount pressure on the government to take steps to protect child rights.

Workers’s rally

The working class took out a rally from Bakhtiar Labour Hall under the aegis of the All Pakistan Workers Confederation on Friday to protest rape and brutal murder of eight-year-old Zainab in Kasur. The girl was kidnapped when she was going to tuition last week. People expressed outrage over the rape and murder of innocent child and highlighted failure of the government in checkingg this menace. Several children in recent months were raped.

The protesters demanded that the government bring to the book the criminals and award them punishment. The protest rally was addressed by veteran trade union leader Khurshid Ahmed, Robina Jamil, Yousaf Baloch, Akbar Ali Khan, Anwar Gujjar, Haji Muhammad Younas, Khushi Muhammad Khokhar, Niaz Khan and other representatives.

The rally in a resolution urged the government to check menace of price hike and higher price of energy and petrol.

The tragedy sparked violent protests in Kasur which claimed at least two more lives on Wednesday. The brutalisation of seven-year-old Zainab also sent ripples of anger across the country. As television channels reported on child’s gruesome murder and flashed pictures of police firing on an angry mob to check its advance to the deputy commissioner’s office, people at large took to social media to condemn inefficiency and apathy of authorities.

The latest rape and murder of a child is the sixth such incident reported in the Kasur district during the last three months, police sources revealed. In 2017, police reported over one dozen such cases in the same district.