Earlier this month, 7-year old Zainab was raped and subsequently murder in Kasur. The story took social media by storm and #justice4zainab became one of the top trends on Twitter in Pakistan. People have been demanding that justice be served as soon as possible. It appears that the Police may have finally arrested a suspect.
The Police has arrested a man named Imran who happens to be a neighbor of the deceased girl
The suspect, Imran, who is 24 years old and a resident of Kot Road, is said to be a frequent visitor to Zainab’s house. Earlier on, Imran was arrested however let go before DNA testing could take place. It is said that Zainab’s family had intervened and described him as someone familiar and trusted. Following his dismissal he fled from Kasur and went to reside in Pak Pattan. The suspect was picked up five days earlier on the orders of the District Police Officer.
While Imran has reportedly confessed to the crime, according to Geo News the confirmation will be given in this regard after a DNA report is received.
Earlier on CCTV footage was released where in the suspect sporting a beard was shown strolling with Zainab
It is further said that the suspect had shaved off his beard in order to avoid arrest.
— Madiha Abbas Naqvi (@Madeeha_Naqvi) January 23, 2018
Given the public’s sentiments over the entire case, some demanded that the suspect be immediately punished
hang him immediately…No trial.
— Md Younus Khan (@Younus21) January 23, 2018
The murderer of zainab is under arrest #HangZainabMurderer
— Bilal Malik?? (@malak__sab) January 23, 2018
Finally !!! Imran Mulzim caught red hanged. His DNA has also matched. In my opinion he should be hanged publicly because No One trusts Showbazz shareef and Punjab police. #ZainabMurderCase@mubasherlucman @arynewsud @ARYNEWSOFFICIAL pic.twitter.com/yPCCK8WXRS
— SamarTahir-PTI (@Tahir3Samar) January 23, 2018
Police has claimed that the murderer of Zainab has been caught. Hang him infront of the public till death. Even if any law has to be made, make it. But nation demands that he must b hanged infront of everyone!!#ZainabMurderCase
— Hum Sab Ka Pakistan (@HSKPakistan) January 23, 2018
According to police and DNA tests,Zainab's neighbour Imran was involved in her brutal murder.
Don't make us wait another month to witness the public execution of this inhuman and ruthless being #JusticeForZainab #ZainabMurderCase
— Manahil Shafiq (@imanahilsh) January 23, 2018
It is understandable that public anger is at its highest and there is strong reaction toward the very powerful conversation on sexual abuse that has started from this very unfortunate case, however, public hangings and mob mentality is something that needs to be controlled in order to maintain a decorum and any remaining sense of civility.
This Pakistani’s Warning Against Demand For Public Hanging And Lynch Mob Mentality Is Extremely Important