Expressing satisfaction over the verdict of an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore that handed down death sentence on four counts to the culprit in Zainab rape and murder case, the eight-year-old victim's family has demanded public execution for the convict, Imran Ali.
Zainab was taken from near her home in Kasur on January 4 while her parents were in Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage. Her body was discovered five days later.
"I am very thankful to the chief justice; he treated Zainab like his own daughter", Zainab's father Amin Ansari told Al Jazeera.
The child's mother, Nusrat, wants him to die violently. And he should be stoned. And this thing about four hangings, one hanging, two hangings, what difference does it make?
He will also have to pay Rs 1 million as compensation to Zainab's family. The perpetrator was found by police after he was seen on closed circuit television with Zainab.
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Zainab's death sparked protests throughout Pakistan, as it was the latest attack against a young girl in the country. The prosecutor also said this was "the first case to examine scientific evidence" in a case of this nature.
The gruesome assault in Kasur town, located a short distance from the border of India, led to the setting up of a special task force which traced the rapist, 24-year-old Imran Ali, using DNA samples.
Local residents said the murder was the 12th such incident over the past year.
Around 10 cases of child abuse are reported in Pakistan every day, according to Sahil, a child protection organisation.
Kasur district was previously at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal in which a gang of up to 25 men was accused of blackmailing scores of children into making sex videos between 2009 and 2014. Footage was created to use as blackmail against parents, according to the Human Rights Commission Pakistan.
"It was a fair trial in which the suspect was given a chance to defend himself", Qadir said, adding the ATC has awarded the sentence to the accused only in the case of the seven-year-old girl.