It comes after police revealed at least 10 similar cases had rocked the city since January 2017. At least 65 percent of those occurred in Punjab province, where Kasur is situated. He said it could not be ruled out that the murders involved a serial killer.
"We have to act swiftly to punish the guilty & ensure that our children are better protected". Swift justice has to prevail, this kind of act can not be left unresolved.
Shehneel Gill, senior trainer at a non-government organisation Aahung, urges on the need for parents to open communication with their own children while themselves being aware of what abuse is.
"Up to 1,000 protesters are in the streets", said Kasur police spokesman Muhammad Sajid.
The provincial police chief, meanwhile, submitted a report to the Supreme Court on Thursday, defending his department's investigation into the case. Kasur has seen over 700 cases of child rape since 2015, and was in the news before that because of a child abuse ring that captured, abused and videotaped scores of children between 2009 and 2015.
The IG assured the court that the suspect would soon be arrested.
A year ago 4,139 incidents of child abuse took place in the province where 43 per cent of victims knew the perpetrators. He called for the government to implement legal trials for victims. "That is what the protest was about." the girl's parents said. "The community can not heal when the problem has not been uprooted".
"Moreover, interventions are being devised for public-based missing child reporting systems".
According to NGO SAHIL, every day more than 11 children under the age of 18 fall prey to sexual abuse in the country.
Regardless, this still highlights how the issue of child abuse is growing in Pakistan. "There is vast under-reporting, it's not discussed in schools or at homes". But I want to ask you and me and the rest of our society: when was the last time you encouraged a woman or a child to name and shame their harasser and assaulter? "That's the education reform we are following", she said.