Sex abuse menace haunts Kasur again as remains of three minors found

Fear gripped Kasur on Tuesday after bodies of three minors, who were first kidnapped and then murdered before being sexually abused, were found from the city’s Chunian Industrial Area on Tuesday.

The horrendous incident brought flashbacks of the tormenting ordeal children in Kasur have had to go through for the past several years. It rekindled memories of the heinous rape and murder of six-year-old girl Zainab Ansari back in 2017.

District Police Officer (DPO) Abul Ghaffar Qaisrani said one of the victims was eight-year-old Sufiyan while the others could not be identified owing to their bodies having decomposed.

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The initial police investigation suggested that the victims were sexually abused before being murdered. It is also believed that the minors were killed by the same culprit.

According to media reports, two of the children went missing last month while the third had gone missing two days ago.

A local worker informed authorities of the bodies.

Area residents said five children had gone missing in recent months.

“Three teams have been formed to probe the case with a mobile lab of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency also having arrived in the area to collect evidence,” Qaisrani told a private news channel.

When asked why a raft of child abuse cases has emerged in Kasur, Qaisrani said it is imperative to study the societal reasons behind these incidents.

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Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has taken notice after the incident came under the media spotlight with Punjab IGP Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan calling for a report.

in 2017, Zainab’s murder case had triggered public outrage nation-wide as her body was found in one of the city’s garbage heaps.

Riots broke out in Kasur with #JusticeforZainab becoming the top trend on Twitter. The movement soon became a rallying cry to bring an end to violence against children.

Imran Ali, who was convicted of the heinous crime, was put to death nine months after the child’s death.

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