Several protest in Pak city against rape, murder of two women

Several people took to the streets in a Pakistani city today to protest against the brutal rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl and a university student, authorities said.

The protests came after the minor girl was abducted in Pakistan's Punjab province when she left the house to go to a nearby grocery shop last Sunday.

The girl's father said the girl was later found strangled in the fields the same day with multiple torture marks.

On March 25, a student of English Literature at the Government College University Faisalabad was abducted by unidentified men. The body was recovered in a canal a few days later.

Following the two incidents, a shutter-down strike was observed in the Jaranwala city, some 100km from Lahore, and a large number of people, including students, staged demonstrations against the murders and rapes.

Carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the police, the students said the police had only been trying to please the rulers instead of tracing the criminals and protecting the people's lives. They have vowed to continue the agitation till her killers are arrested.

Both incidents took place weeks after the nation was rocked by the brutal murder of a minor girl in Kasur district of Punjab in which police arrested culprit Imran Ali, 23, who was later sentenced to death.

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