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
Four counts of death penalty, one count of life imprisonment, one count of seven-year imprisonment, Rs. 3.2 million fine
Zainab Ansari (Urdu: زینب انصاری) was a 6-year-old Pakistani girl who was on her way to Quran recital when she was abducted and later found raped and murdered which incited protests and outrage in Kasur, Punjab, Pakistan.
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 9 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.
There were large 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. Four policemen who allegedly opened fire at protesters "[had] been arrested and being interrogated."
Deeply pained about brutal murder of an 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
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai wrote on Twitter, "This has to stop. [Government] and the concerned authorities must take action."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."
Shahbaz Sharif announced the arrest of a suspect, Imran Ali, in a press conference on 23 January 2018. He confirmed that the DNA and polygraph test of the suspect that matched with the samples with least eight minor girls, including Zainab, raped and murdered in within the same neighbourhood and that the suspect is a serial killer. Imran Ali is a 24-year-old mechanic who lived in Zainab's neighbourhood. He had even taken part in protests against Zainab's murder. Imran Ali has confessed to his crimes. Police also found the jacket worn by the suspect seen on CCTV which was seen while he was taking Zainab with him.