An eight-year-old girl who was burnt alive after allegedly being raped breathed her last at a hospital in Lahore, DawnNewsTV reported on Tuesday.
The second-grade student, a resident of Chichawatni area of Sahiwal, had gone missing on Sunday evening after she left home to buy some sweets.
When she did not return after a while, her family members and neighbours started looking for her and found her at a street in an unconscious condition, with burns all over her body.
She was taken to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital, from where she was referred to Jinnah Hospital in Lahore due to her critical condition. According to doctors, she had received 70 to 80 per cent burns. The girl died during treatment on Monday.
The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination. Her funeral prayers will be offered on Tuesday.
A complete strike was observed in Chichawatni against the gruesome murder.
Sahiwal District Police Officer Mohammad Atif Ikram told media that police had filed a case and took a suspect into custody. He said that a murder case has been filed whereas rape charges will be added after receiving the forensic report. He vowed to arrest the culprits as soon as possible.
The father of the victim demanded of the government to provide his family justice.
Amidst unrest in the community, civil society representatives and political figures visited the victim’s house and assured the affected family of their complete support.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken a notice of the murder.