Police claim to arrest suspect who raped and murdered a minor girl in suburbs of F-11 in Islamabad
Islamabad Police has arrested the suspect who allegedly raped and murdered a minor girl in the suburbs of F-11 sector in Islamabad, according to reports on media.
An 8-year-old named Samreen was reportedly killed after rape in Islamabad on Wednesday in a tragic incident on the eve of Women’s Day.
The grieving family protested against police and local administration by putting the girl’s corpse on road in F-11, one of the major city centers, causing a traffic jam.
The protesters claimed that the police refused to cooperate with them. They also demanded to lodge a case and arrest the culprit. The incident took place in the premises of Golra Police station in Islamabad.
The video of the protest was shared on Twitter:
On the eve of #WomensDay, another beastly act of child rape occurred in suburbs of F11 sector #Islamabad . Girl has died after being raped by an animal in the shape of human. State has to come after these beasts with full force. #internationalwomensday2018 pic.twitter.com/vyxkyMVmHd
— Zaigham (@cyrusza) March 8, 2018
Police claim to arrest the killer
However, on Thursday, media reports suggested that police has arrested the suspect. Minister Ahsan Iqbal also confirmed on Twitter saying: “Islamabad Police has arrested two accused.”
Islamabad Police has arrested two accused. It is a deplorable act and the culprits will not be spared. https://t.co/fWFN7srvFH
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) March 8, 2018
Media takes notice
Journalist Hamid Mir highlighted the tragic story on his show, saying: “No big politician is bothered about this little innocent angel.8 years old Samreen was killed after rape in Islamabad yesterday she was buried on International Women’s Day.”
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) March 8, 2018
PTI reacts and visits girl’s family
However, apparently, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was the first one to take notice of the case as MNA Asad Umar went to meet the deceased girl’s parents to console them.
i am not a big politician but i went to meet the parents. Arranged for the father to go to police station to identify 2 men who were arrested as killers. Father verified that they were the killers. Body is taken to chiniot for burial. Btw her father said her name was ruqayya https://t.co/zQXOm6Uugc
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) March 8, 2018
Earlier in the day, Sidra Imran, co-founder PTI’s Insaf Radio said that “PTI will lead the case for justice and severe punishments for both the culprits.”
#Ruqaiya | 2 culprits of the rape and murder case of 8 year old girl arrested, UC 39 team & Jamshed mughal took the parents to police station to identify the culprits.
— • S I D R A • (@imran_sidra) March 8, 2018
Islamabad citizens react on social media
On Thursday before the news became viral, citizens of Islamabad shared the news and their concerns on Twitter:
A minor girl found raped / murdered in Islamabad last night. Family stages a sit-in near F-11 Markaz
— Alina Shigri (@alinashigri) March 8, 2018
While we were marching for #IWD2018 A young girl, Mano was brutally #raped and killed in Mehrabaadi, Islamabad. Where is the public outrage, the media, the campaigns? How many boys and girls are we going to let become rape and death statistics?#JusticeForZainab #JusticeforMano
— Mavra Bari (@MavraBari) March 8, 2018
According to a 2018 report, as many as 103 minor children including 27 girls were sexually abused within the jurisdiction of 30 police stations of district Rawalpindi during the last three years.
The report for the period January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2017 pointed out that not even a single accused could be awarded life imprisonment, or sentenced to death, whereas only 2 out of 140 wanted accused were awarded punishment for a number of years in jail.
Note: This is a developing story.