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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

World

Delhi gang-rape effect: Public outcry over minor’s rape in Pak
Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times
Islamabad, September 16, 2013
First Published: 01:19 IST(16/9/2013)
Last Updated: 01:22 IST(16/9/2013)

The Delhi gang-rape, which shook the collective conscience of India, seems to have jolted neighbouring Pakistan.

A gruesome rape of a five-year-old in Lahore has triggered similar public outcry over the brutal assault. The girl, who was repeatedly raped before being dumped in an impoverished Lahore neighbourhood battled for life on Sunday in a city hospital.

Police on Sunday confirmed they have finally arrested the man who dumped the child and are hopeful of more arrests in the coming days.

Pakistan’s chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took suo-moto notice of the incident, ordering the city police into action. Till then the police had claimed that there were no leads to follow. Following the brutal rape, protests many women organisations and memebers of civil society staged huge protest rallies.

Earlier, on Saturday, police arrested four suspects but released them soon after on lack of evidence. On Sunday, however, it emerged that one of the rapists had been identified by the hospital CCTV footage and arrested.

The 5- year-old girl and her 3-year-old cousin went missing on Thursday evening from outside their house in Mughalpura. On Friday, the culprits dumped the girl in front of the Ganga Ram Hospital while the boy was found weeping outside the Services hospital where he had been let off. A traffic warden found the boy and took him to the office of a private TV channel which in turn took him to a government office for child protection.

The girl was found on the lawns of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. CCTV footage showed a hospital security guard carrying the victim on his shoulder after he found her lying on the road.


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