Chichawatni (Pakistan), Apr 11: An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped and then burnt alive by an unidentified man on Tuesday in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The girl’s burnt body was found in a street triggering a massive protest in Chichawatni, Sahiwal district. The protesters blocked the main G.T Road for several hours demanding the arrest of the rape suspect.

The eight-year-old girl, a student of grade-II in government girls high school in Chichawatni, went missing on Sunday after she left home to buy some sweets from a grocery shop. When she didn’t return, her family and neighbours held a search and found the girl in an unconscious state lying in a street with burn marks all over her body.

Initially, she was shifted to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital Chichawatni from where she was brought to Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital. “She succumbed to her burns today as doctors could not save her life despite efforts,” Jinnah Hospital spokesman Dr Abdul Jabbar said. He said the girl had received more than 70 per cent burns.

The police said that they have arrested a suspect and are questioning him. He said it was suspected that to cover the crime and destroy evidence, the girl was set on fire after being raped. The autopsy report, however, would confirm it, he said. He added that an FIR has been registered against the suspected person(s).

Earlier this year, an eight-year-old girl was raped and then murdered in Kasur city of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The little girl had been missing since January 4, when she left home for her tuition nearby. Her body was found dumped on a pile of garbage on January 9. The autopsy report said that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times before being murdered.

A 23-year-old man was later arrested for brutally raping and murdering the girl. The accused was arrested when his DNA matched with the sample found from the victim’s body. Shockingly, the DNA of the accused also matched with the samples taken from seven other girls who were raped or sexually assaulted in last few years, in the same area.