Islamabad residents hold candlelight vigil in solidarity with Pakistan’s Zainab


Umar Khurshid

Srinagar: Residents of the Lalchowk town of Islamabad on Monday evening held an hour-long candlelight vigil in solidarity with the Pakistans seven-year-old rape victim Zainab Ansari, who body was recovered from a garbage in Kasur, Pakistan last week, four days after she was reported missing.The girl, Zainab Ansari, disappeared last week while going to a nearby home for Quranic studies and her body was found in a waste-yard after four days in her native place Kasur area of Pakistan.

Braving the winters evening cold of Kashmir, a small clutch of men, women and children gathered at Lalchowk point of Islamabad holding placards — some of which were read “Justice for Zainab, Justice for all rape victims, If Zainab was your sister, Justice for Humanity, death penalty is not enough death is the only solution.” the residents urged every passerby to join in the vigil for an issue that affects all of the womankind.The protests are being closely followed in all over Pakistan and now in Kashmir, not just on the social media but also in the news media.

Besides routine reportage, several newspapers have carried editorials and used the case to draw attention to violence against women all over the world.

New gatherer Reuters has reported that the chief minister of Punjab province of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif has also visited Zainab’s parents to assure them that the perpetrators would be apprehended soon. “(Sharif) has announced Rs 10 million ($90,000) for anyone giving information about the kidnapper.”