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Protest in Karachi against rape, murder of minor boy

Lawyers, civil society leaders demand justice for bereaved family

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Members of civil society, lawyers and leaders of different nationalist parties and groups staged a protest on Saturday against the rape and brutal murder of a six-year-old child after being kidnapped by unidentified persons in Steel Town area of the metropolitan last week.

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The protesters also included the father of the deceased and his other relatives.

The child was kidnapped from the Steel Town area and later killed after being subjected to sexual assault. His body was dumped beside thorny bushes with several marks of torture on it.

Lawyers and members of civil society deplored the savagery and a reign of lawlessness in the province and claimed that the state had failed to provide justice to its citizens and even innocent children were unsafe.

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Advocate Toqeer Klawar, who along with Advocate Rashid Noonari and Advocate Faiz Ahmed Chandio led the protest, said that the national media was so plunged in the current political situation of the country that it did not bother to cover such a “barbaric incident” and added that they would not sit silently until justice was served to the bereaved family.

The FIR of the incident would stand weak in the eyes of law if sections of Anti-Terrorism Act were not included in it, said Advocate Zubair Butt, and added that a JIT should be formed to probe into the barbarous crime.

Slamming the provincial government, Advocate Tashid Nonari said that increasing cases of sexual assault on children had called into question the credibility of the provincial government, which had so far failed to pass any effective legislation to curb increasing savagery in the province.

Member of Quami Awami Tahereek Advocate Faiz Baloch said that such an inhuman incident went unnoticed in Sindh because of the lack of awareness and illiteracy. “Even educated people of Sindh have very negligible knowledge of their rights due to which such horrific incidents are taking place in Sindh,” Baloch said.

The father of the victim, Muhammad Yousif Vesar, said that his son was kidnapped from outside the house when he was playing in the street, and added that they had grave reservations over the investigation carried out by the police at a snail’s pace. He asked the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu action on the incident.

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