Pakistan rape: Why this News anchor is protesting with her daughter in tow

Kiran Naz gave a heartfelt message on how she was feeling as a mother after the rape and murder of a seven-year-old Pakistani girl Zainab Ansari in Kasur city of Punjab in Pakistan.

On Tuesday, a Pakistan rape story that rocked the world also invoked the mother in a Samaa TV anchor. The emotional news anchor was so shaken the by the gruesome incident that she ended up in the newsroom with her daughter on her lap.

“Today I’m not your host Kiran Naz. I’m a mother and that is why I’m sitting here with my daughter,” said Kiran Naz, a popular Pak news anchor who works for Samaa TV.

A Pakistan rape that shook the world

Kiran Naz gave a heartfelt message on how she was feeling as a mother after the rape and murder of a seven-year-old Pakistani girl Zainab Ansari in Kasur city of Punjab in Pakistan.

It is said that the smaller the corpse, the heavier it feels. Today, a tiny corpse is lying on the streets of Kasur and entire Pakistan is crushed under its weight… This day marks the funeral of humanity,” said Naz who was almost in tears while she was speaking.

Watch the video to listen to Kiran Naz’s heart-wrenching speech:

What happened to 7-year-old Zainab

7-year-old girl Zainab was abducted on Thursday while she was on her way to  Koran recital. Her parents had left her with her aunt and other relatives as they were on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

On Tuesday her body was found in a dumpster in a gruesome condition. Reports say that she was raped multiple times and strangled to death five days earlier.

CCTV footage has revealed that Zainab was seen walking hand in hand with a man, perhaps a close relative of the family.

While Zainab’s father has refused to bury her body till she gets justice, lawmakers say that the parents are partly to be blamed as they should not have left the child alone in the first place.

Stranger might not be the only danger

This is not the only case where the perpetrator is found to be a close relative or family friend of the victim.

According to data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2015, 8,800 cases of rape on children were registered across the country under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

Out of that 94.8% of rape cases saw children being raped by someone they knew and not a stranger.

Graphic: Kind courtesy The Indian Express

  • In India alone, 94.8% of rape cases the children were raped by someone they knew, not strangers.
  • Most of the culprits were the neighbours in a whopping 3,149 cases and they were the biggest abusers as well (35.8%).
  • In 10% of cases, the kids were raped by their own direct family members and relatives.

Read: 18-month-old raped by father’s friend in Delhi

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