Islamic Republic of Pakistan Must Stop Sexual Assault on Women and Children


Over the last few months, there have been numerous cases of sexual assault against women. A few weeks after the motorway gangrape, comes the news of the assault and killing of a two-year old girl, Zainab.

Her death has led many activists to compare the incident to the 2018 rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur. “Zainab Amin had gone missing on Jan 4, 2018 and five days later, a police constable deputed to trace the girl recovered her body from a heap of trash near the Shahbaz Khan Road. Police said the girl seemed to have been killed four or five days earlier.”

The recent incident took place in Peshawar, when the infant’s “body was found in Jabba Korona area in the limits of Daudzai police station of Peshawar a day earlier, appeared to have been assaulted and tortured before being killed. Residents and police said the minor girl had gone missing on Tuesday evening in Sheikh Kallay Qilla area while playing with other children outside her house.”

According to Inspector General of Police, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sanaullah Abbasi, “the DHQ hospital had “verbally” confirmed to the police that the victim was sexually assaulted before being killed but a formal post-mortem examination report is yet to be issued. Zainab’s father said that the family did not have enmity with anyone. He demanded that the government catch the culprit so he could ask him what his daughter had done to him that he committed such a crime. “Today it is my Zainab, tomorrow another Zainab could suffer this,” he lamented.”


Author: Ali Chughtai