ZAINAB, is the eighth minor to have been raped and murdered in Kasur in the past 12 months and yet the police are clueless on who the perpetrator/s or pedophile/ s are (‘Hunt on for Kasur’s serial killer, rapist,’ Jan.13, The Gulf Today).
Spokesperson of the Punjab province — where Kasur is located — Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan is said to have told reporters, that the rapist or the murderer, is a serial killer. “In the previous incidents, the forensic evidence also determines it and the modus operandi of carrying out such acts also determines it,” he said.
If that is true, than it is even more shocking that the so called serial killer has been walking through the streets of Kasur and committing the ghastly acts for at least a year, under the very nose of the police and other guardians of the law, who patrol the area.
To add to this Kasur has the notoriety of pedophile activity. In August 2015, at least 19 minors were recorded on video and photographed by a network of 17 people in Ganda Singh Wala, which falls in the same area. And in April 2016, an anti-terrorism court had sentenced two accused to life imprisonment.
I fail to understand how all this could have happened if not for some sort of tacit support from unscrupulous elements in the authorities who man the area.
The killing led to violent protests in Kasur during which two people died and several acts of vandalism took place. That got the authorities moving and as the police say they have a suspect. But so many innocent children have already lost their lives and the police, I feel, also need to be held accountable. If need be the criminal justice system could also be strengthened so that there IS NO OCCURRENCE OF SUCH HORRIIC ACTS in the future.