KASUR: A man was held for attempted sexual assault of a minor girl in tehsil in Kasur on Sunday, Geo News has learnt.
The incident occurred in Baghel Singh village on the suburbs of tehsil Kot Radha Kishan, when a local shopkeeper attempted to sexually assault an eight-year-old girl.
Locals, however, foiled the attempt and took hold of the suspect. He was subsequently thrashed by charged individuals.
The residents of the village also protested over delay in arrival of police at the spot.
The law enforcers whisked to the injured suspect to police station, while further investigations are underway.
The incident comes amid a countrywide outpour of anger over brutal rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, Zainab, in Kasur.
Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 in Kasur and found five days later from a garbage pile. The post-mortem revealed Zainab had been raped and murdered.
Later, the authorities succeeded in nabbing the suspect, Imran, said to be a serial killer involved in several similar cases in Kasur.
With the suspect arrested after days of efforts, the father of the victim Sunday demanded legislation to allow the suspect’s public hanging.
Amin Ansari, Zainab’s father, said, “If the Parliament can make laws to allow a disqualified person to head a political party, why can’t it do this.”
The remarks were made during hearing of the Zainab rape and murder suo motu case by the Supreme Court of Pakistan at its Lahore Registry.
The court also barred Zainab’s father and his counsel from speaking to the media.
As many as 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported from across Pakistan every day, according to data compiled by a non-governmental organization, Sahil, which works on child protection.
In the first six months of 2017 alone, 1,764 cases of child sexual abuse were reported from across the country, according to Sahil.
In 2016, the total number of reported child abuse cases stood at a staggering 4,139, bringing the total number of children being abused in Pakistan per day to 11.
The shocking numbers bring to attention the failure of law enforcement agencies in Pakistan, particularly Punjab province, in apprehending criminals and curbing the menace of child sexual abuse.