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Riots erupt in Pakistan after brutal rape and murder of 7-year-old Zainab Ansari; CCTV footage emerges of her last moments
The brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Pakistani girl Zainab Ansari has sparked outrage all across the world.

Her body was discovered in a garbage bin, four days after she had gone missing from her home in Kasur district of Pakistan.

In the meanwhile, yesterday, violent protests erupted against the girl's rape and murder. Angry mob pelted stones and also fired bullets at a local police station, as reported by Dawn.

Zainab Ansari

In order to quell the violence and control the mob, the police had to resort to firing in the air. According to officials, two protesters were killed in the riots that erupted in the aftermath of Zainab's brutal rape and murder.

This is the twelfth case of rape, abduction and murder reported in the district since the past one year, the police have said.

Zainab, who was staying with her aunt, as her parents had gone to Saudi Arabia on Umrah pilgrimage, on Thursday, went to attend a Quran recital nearby and never returned, according to relatives.

On Tuesday, the police found her body in a dumpster about a mile away from her home in Kasur, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province. According to initial autopsy reports, Zainab was raped multiple times and strangulated to death at least four to five days earlier.

Zainab's last moments captured in CCTV footage show her walking hand-in-hand with a stranger. The video has been widely circulating on the internet and is also available on almost all Pakistani online news platforms.

According to the police, preliminary evidence and the DNA recovered from Zainab's body suggest that the perpetrator of the crime is a family acquaintance and knew the child well. However, lawmakers have said that the family is partly to be blamed for the crime.

In his interview with Dawn, Rana Sanaullah, law minister of Punjab, said, "A child's safety is its parents' responsibility."

Although according to Muslim customs the dead must be buried immediately, Zainab's father says he won't do so until his daughter's killer is caught and punished.

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