Police round up 25 after five-year-old's rape
Child's parents call for death penalty
A CCTV image released by police shows a man dropping the five-year-old at a hospital
Police yesterday rounded up 25 suspects including two security guards in connection with last week’s gang rape of a five-year-old girl in Lahore as her parents called for the death penalty.
During a weekend in which thousands of outraged Pakistanis protested across the country following last Thursday’s attack, police detained suspects for questioning and released CCTV footage of a man dropping off the victim at Sri Ganga Ram Hospital where she was later found.
Police appealed for the public to come forward to identify the man, who was dressed in a blue shirt and green shorts.
“I can’t share the nitty-gritty of the case as it could undermine our investigations. But we have strong clues and God willing, we will nab the prime suspect soon,” said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Operations Rai Tahir.
The victim was playing outside her home with her three-year-old cousin in the old Ghousia Colony district of Lahore on Thursday when she was abducted and raped.
Medics said that she was left with severe physical and mental trauma following the attack.
“We have performed a first surgery. The next step will be to attempt reconstructive surgery in two to three weeks after evaluating the condition of the wounds,” said Dr Tariq Latif of the Services Hospital in Lahore where the girl was being treated.
Following major protests led by rights groups, Information Minister Parvez Rasheed said that those found guilty would face the full force of the law.
Rape is punishable by death in Pakistan and the victim’s family have called for the perpetrators to be hanged, but the majority of crimes against females still go unreported and unpunished.
According to statistics by the Aurat Foundation, an Islamabad women’s rights group, 822 rape cases were recorded in Pakistan last year.
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