ATC awards death sentence to convict in Zainab rape-murder case

Pakistan rape-and-murder case Prime accused handed four death sentences
People attend a funeral of a Pakistani girl who was raped and killed in Kasur Pakistan Wednesday Jan. 10 2018

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"The court handed down death on four counts and life imprisonment to Imran Ali in the rape and murder of the little girl, Zainab", Qadir told Reuters news agency, adding that he will be tried further for at least seven other similiar cases.

Imran Ali, 24, was on trial for the killing of 6-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen in the eastern city of Kasur last month.

Imran was handed death sentences for kidnapping, rape, murder and an act of terrorism, a life sentence for sodomy and a large fine.

Following the awarding of death sentence to Imran Ali - a serial killer and rapist who subjected Kasur's nine innocent girls including Zainab Amin to sexual brutalities and death - a certain fractions of the society has raised their voices to hang the convict publically.

At least twelve cases of rape and murder have been recorded in the Kasur area in the past two years.

Imran Ali is sentenced to death on four counts but Zainab's mother deems this as insufficient for the crimes he committed.

The girl's family registered a complaint with the local police after she went missing on January 4.

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In one of the highest-profile court cases in Pakistan, dozens of witnesses testified against Ali during the trial. "The suspect had also confessed to the killing of eight other girls". The police finally nabbed the predator on January 23, 2018.

Angered over her murder at the time, residents attacked a police station, sparking clashes in which two persons were killed.

He has 15 days to appeal but Ehtesham Qadir, the public prosecutor, the verdict can't be challenged because Imran has confessed to eight similar attacks.

Police also identified that the killer was victim's neighbors and the CCTV footage of the same day showed the girl calmly walking with a man.

Her body was found in a garbage bin on Jan 9.

In the same district, Kasur, there have been complaints of a number of missing children since 2015 when authorities uncovered what they said was a paedophile ring linked to a prominent local family.

A total of 1,764 cases of child abuse were reported across Pakistan in the first six months of 2017, according to Sahil, an organization that works on child protection.

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