Pakistan hangs man over rape, murder of 6-year-old girl

Pakistan hangs man for raping murdering 6-year-old Zainab

Pakistan hangs man for raping murdering 6-year-old Zainab

In all he confessed to eight attacks on children in the city, including five murders, in a spate of violence that terrorised society.

Zainab's father pleaded with the court that Imran's execution should be made an example of the rapist.

"I have seen his awe-inspiring end with my own eyes", he told reporters.

In his plea, Amin Ansari, father of Zainab, the seven-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by the convict, requested that the convict be hanged publicly under Section 22 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, which allows the government to specify the manner, mode and place of execution of any sentence passed under this Act.

The highly publicized death Zainab sparked public anger in Kasur, a city of less than a million people in Punjab, Pakistan's most populous state.

Zainab was kidnapped on January 4 from near her aunt's house in Kasur and, five days later, was found dead in a garbage heap.

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Earlier, an appeal for the public hanging of Imran Ali was dismissed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday.

It triggered widespread outrage, including protests complaining of police incompetence.

Imran's DNA also matched the samples taken from seven other minor girls who were abused and murdered earlier in Kasur, police had confirmed. Widely circulated on social media with the hashtag #JusticeForZainab later went viral, with many Pakistanis calling for action. Imran Ali was arrested by a joint Investigation Team after Pakistan's Supreme Court gave out a three-day-limit to them. Ali was also give four separate death sentences after being convicted of rape and murder of Zainab.

Relatives, not police, had recovered CCTV footage of her last movements.

He said whoever will commit such felony will meet a similar fate, adding that such convicts be hanged publicly to ensure that such crimes don't happen in future.

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