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Pakistan: Accused gets 4 death sentences for minor’s rape-murder

SNS | New Delhi |

An anti-terrorism court on Saturday found Imran Ali, the prime accused in the rape and murder case of a seven-year-old girl in Punjab province of Pakistan, guilty of the crime and handed him four counts of death, one life term and Rs. 3.2 million in fines.

The verdict was announced at the Lahore’s Central Jail in Kot Lakhpat.

According to the death penalties were for kidnapping, rape, murder and for committing an act of terrorism. The life sentence has been awarded for sodomy and another penalty was imposed for hiding the body in a trash heap.

Seven-year-old Zainab Amin was kidnapped from her neighbourhood on 4 January. She was raped and later murdered. Her body was found from a heap trash on 9 January.

The incident saw widespread rioting in the Pakistan’s Punjab province after people came out on street to protest against the crime and inaction by authorities to deal with crime against minors.

Two people were killed and an equal number injured as enraged protesters stormed the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Kasur with sticks and stones.

Kasur made international headlines in 2015 when a gang of paedophiles running a child sex ring was busted.

The gang allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted at least 280 children in the area, had blackmailed the families of the victims since 2009, and even sold video clips and images of the assault.

The crime was widely condemned by Pakistani actors and civil society members.

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