Murder of Zainab Ansari

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Murder of Zainab Ansari
Location Kasur, Punjab, Pakistan
Date 4 January 2018
Weapons strangulation evidenced by fracture of the hyoid bone
Non-fatal injuries
sexual assault (rape) and possibly sodomy; visible marks of torture on the face; congestion in the muscles; the tongue badly bruised and injured as it was pressed between the teeth; mud, fecal matter and blood found on the body
Victim Zainab Ansari
Suspected perpetrator
DNA samples, CCTV images collected
Coroner DHQ MLO Dr Quratulain Attique

Zainab Ansari was a 6,[1] 7,[2] or 8[3] year old Pakistani girl who was on her way to Quran recital when she was found raped and murdered which incited protests and outrage in Kasur, Punjab, Pakistan.[4][5][3]


The incident happened, when Zainab's parents had gone to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah and Zainab was living with her uncle. On 4 January 2018, while going to a Quran tuition class which was very close to her house, she went missing. Her uncle, Muhammad Adnan, lodged a complaint with the Kasur District Police Office. CCTV video footage which was discovered by Ansari's family members, with no help from the authorities involved, shows her accompanied by an unknown bearded man in white clothes and a jacket, holding her by the hand and walking on Peerowala Road in Kasur. Her body was later found in a garbage heap in Shahbaz Khan Road on 9th January 2018. After an autopsy, it was confirmed that she had been raped and strangled to death. The autopsy suggested that she endured captivity and torture before her murder.[1] Her funeral was led by Tahir ul-Qadri. It is suggested that the person who lured Zainab was very close to her family, some have even linked the suspect to be involved in the Kasur's infamous child abuse incident few years back.

Meanwhile her parents were devastated after the loss of their child, her mother while speaking to the media was severely saddened with deep grief only demanded justice for her child.


There were a huge protests in Kasur and other major cities of Pakistan, during the clash with the police, two people were killed after they broke into a police station.[6][2][7][8] Four policemen who allegedly opened fire at protesters "[had] been arrested and being interrogated."[9]


Punjab chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said:

"Deeply pained about brutal murder of a 8-year old girl in a child molestation case. Those societies that cannot protect its children are eternally condemned. Not going to rest till the perpetrators of this dastardly act are apprehended & given severest possible punishment under the law"[10]

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai wrote on Twitter, "This has to stop. [Government] and the concerned authorities must take action."[11][12] Imran Khan, the leader of PTI and a former cricketer, tweeted, "The condemnable & horrific rape & murder of little Zainab exposes once again how vulnerable our children are in our society."[13]

Cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a political rival of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, "demanded the local government be replaced, saying it has 'no right to remain in power after the killing of Zainab Ansari'".[13]

Kiran Naz, a news anchor on Pakistan's Samaa TV, hosted a January 10 bulletin with her young daughter on her lap as an act of protest.[14] At the Sindh Assembly, artist celebrities Ayesha Omer, Nadia Hussain, Faysal Qureshi and others met on January 12 with Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza, demanding laws and justice to prevent such tragedies in the future. [15] Mahira Khan, Ali Zafar, Imran Abbas, Mawra Hocane, Saba Qamar as well as cricket legends Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar tweeted about the incident, condemning the brutal rape and murder, while also trending the hashtag #JusticeforZainab. [16]

See also


  1. ^ a b "6-year-old Zainab's autopsy suggests child endured rape, captivity before murder". Dawn. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Parents of raped and murdered girl, 7, seek justice". Al Jazeera. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Polianskaya, Alina (10 January 2018). "Zainab Ansari killing: Two people died in Pakistan protests over the alleged rape and murder of eight-year-old girl". The Independent. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Zainab murder: Riots in Pakistan's Kasur after child rape and killing". BBC. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Chilling last moments of eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered before being dumped on a pile of rubbish: CCTV shows girl being led away by mystery man in Pakistan". Daily Mail. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Pakistan mob angered by rape, murder of girl attacks police". CTV. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Erickson, Amanda (10 January 2018). "A 7-year-old Pakistani girl was raped, strangled and left in a dumpster". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Kasur: Two dead in protests, Tahir ul-Qadri leads Zainab's funeral prayer". Daily Times. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  9. ^ @GovtOfPunjab (11 January 2018). "All the four accused policemen who opened fire on protestors in Kasur yesterday have been arrested and being interrogated. JIT, comprising officials from Police & intelligence agencies, are working on Zainab murder case & will locate the main accused soon IA. #JusticeForZainab" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ "Justice for Zainab: Riots erupt in Kasur after 7-year-old's rape, murder". Dawn. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 
  11. ^ Yousafzai, Malala (10 January 2018). "Heartbroken to hear about Zainab - a 7 year old child abused and brutally killed in Kasur, Pakistan. This has to stop. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action. #JusticeForZainab". Twitter. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Father lashes out at cops over Pakistani girl's rape, murder". CBS News. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Rape and murder of seven-year-old girl shocks Pakistan". Mail Online. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "Pakistani anchor goes on air with daughter to protest minor's brutal rape and murder". Times of India. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "Speedy trial needed for justice in Kasur-like tragedies: Ayesha Omar". Geo TV. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  16. ^ "Justice for Zainab: Ali Zafar, Mahira Khan condemn the brutal rape and murder of the 8-year old girl". Times Now News. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
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