Islamabad, Jan 13: The city of Kasur in Pakistan’s Punjab province has been rocked by recent demonstrations and protests when the body of an eight-year-old girl was found from a trash dump. The post report reports said that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times before murdered before being dumped into a pile of trash. The city of Kasur has remained paralysed for over 50 hours now. This is the 13th case of rape and murder in past one year police believe that a serial killer may be on loose.

The eight-year-old girl had gone missing last week while going to a nearby home for Quranic studies. Her parents were away on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. “We will not bury our daughter until her killers are arrested,” her father said. The victim was later found in a pile of rubbish.

According to the reports, she may have been abducted outside a religious institution where she had gone for her Quranic studies on January 4. Reports say that a video has emerged of her walking hand-in-hand with a stranger and police are verifying the footage.

The police said that she was abducted, raped and murdered. Since there have been a few cases of sexual assault last year, the police are probing if there’s a connection in all the cases.

The people are believed to be infuriated over government inaction in the rape and murder case of the eight-year-old. Taking to the city streets, the protesters blocked roads and brought public transport to a halt. “We want justice, and we hope that the killer of our daughter will not go scot-free,” victim’s father, Muhammad Amin, told Arab News. “We hope the killer will not only be arrested but also given exemplary punishment.”

“The people of Kasur are left with no option but to protest against the inaction of the government and the police,” he told Arab News. He added that they would “set all government buildings in the city on fire” if the culprit was not arrested soon”.