Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters

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Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters


Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters


Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters: Heartbreaking, heart-wrenching and disturbing; these words and nor any adjectives can testify the intensity we as Pakistanis and as humans feel post the murder of the 7-year-old Angel, Zainab. A scenario that brings chills down our spines; Horrifying. The girl who had a bright future was forced towards the bright light. Zainab was abducted on the 4th of January 2018. The seven-year old was walking towards a nearby house for Quran Studies. Her body was found in a garbage dump on the 9th of January. The postmortem report deduced that she had been possibly dead 2 days prior to being found. The body also revealed that the young girl was raped and strangled by her captives. A CCTV footage was broadcasted that showed the last sightings of Zainab walking with a man; who is the main suspect of the case. The face of the man is blurry thus his identity is still unknown. The child’s parents were out of the country for Umrah. (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)

In Pakistan we are used to hearing news of people being robbed, murdered, raped, kidnapped etc. But cases such as Zainabs rape and murder are eye openers. This is an all time low for our governing system and an all time low for criminals as well. What sick mindset would the killer or killers possess that they are able to carry on with such  horrendous acts. Do they fear the All Mighty and our law? Cant their sexual urges be kept in check by their wives or by hiring a prostitute, the act seems completely satanic and the culprit seems to have zero compassion and emotion on every accord. When these people would be caught, the question that they would be asked is “what if this was done to your daughter or sister?” and they would give the obvious answer, but I feel the horrific reality is that these deviants already sexually abuse their own family members (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)


  1. Current Scenario of rape and Murder Cases in Pakistan
  2. Things that have surfaced after Zainabs Rape and Murder Case
  3. How could have Zainabs rape and murder case been avoided
  4. Punishment of Pedophiles/ Rapists/ Murderers
  5. Some of the cases of sexual abuse that have been reported
  6. Profile of Imran, person accused from Zainabs rape and murder case
  7. Mindset of a child molester and people who sexually abuse children
  8. Behavior of a Pedophiles
  9. Things to watch out for to intercept a potential child molester
  10. Preparing children to be aware of such deviants in the society
  11. Course or action needed to protect our children from child molesters.
  12. My analysis on Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters

Current Scenario of rape and Murder Cases in Pakistan

Children in Pakistan, from both privileged and underprivileged backgrounds are under constant threats. The young minds may be prone to some of the following issues:

  1. Child Labor
  2. Child Marriage
  3. Dowry issues for young wives
  4. Kidnapping
  5. Human Trafficking
  6. Slavery
  7. Molestation
  8. Rape and Murder

It’s a shame and we all are to blame for it, the politicians as well as us civilians. We are supposed to provide a firm background that our young ones may cherish. Let’s talk about the main Elephant in the room, because of Zainabs rape and murder case, our ill ways have further highlighted, things that should have been dealt with in hindsight are now coming out as realizations.  The current scenario of child molestation shows how we have failed to give a bright future to the future heirs of our country. The question we need to ask ourselves why are we just becoming aware about these facts and figures after a young girl lost her life, If these things were given stern attention before maybe Zainab would have been greeting her parents when they came back from their Holy pilgrimage. Sahil a NGO from Pakistan has collected data which proves that at least 11 cases of sexual abuse of children are reported on a daily basis. The focus here is on reported, many cases are not reported so the figure is most probably understated.  Sahil also states that 1764 cases of child abuse were reported in the first six months of 2017 (Desk, 2018).

  • Sindh: 490
  • Balochistan: 76
  • Punjab: 1089
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 42
  • Federal: 58
  • Azad Jamu and Kashmir: 9

74% of the reported cases are from rural areas and there has been a 10% increase in children being sexually abused in Urban areas. 45% of the culprits were acquaintances of the children while 17% of the total accused were strangers. 15% of the victims suffered in their own vicinity, whereas 12 percent of the victims were sexually abused at the culprits place. Sexual abuse of children by landlords has had a massive increase.  Sounds horrible doesn’t it, and the sad thing is that there has not been any significant action taken to set an example and such outrageous acts are escalating (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters) (Desk, 2018).

Things that have surfaced after Zainabs Rape and Murder Case

Things we know Post Zainabs Rape Murder Case

  1. The event was so shocking that no one could hold back their emotions and people started demanding justice for the departed (May Her Soul Rest in Peace) and her family. The events that took place after Zainabs body was discovered are as follows:
  2. The whole country as well as the whole world was outraged and demanded justice.
  3. Zainabs parents came back from Umrah as they were informed about the horrific situation that daughter had to face before passing away.
  4. The law enforcement did not pay much heed to the CCTV footage initially, but once they were pressurized from all sides they started the investigation.
  5. A CCTV footage was revealed in which Zainab was walking with an unknown man who is most probably the culprit

    Zainab Walking away with Stranger

  6. The CCTV footage was not clear so the police made a sketch of what they thought might be the closest to the assailant.

    Sketch made by the police

  7. The postmortem report of Zainab revealed that the DNA found was also found on various other similar preceding cases in the close proximity to where Zainabs body was found within Kasur.
  8. The whole country demanded justice and massive protests were held and are still being held to get the culprits behind bars or give them the highest form of punishment.
  9. People who were protesting in Kasur were faced with retaliation from Law Enforcement agencies, as a result two people lost their lives and many were injured.
  10. People started noticing how child molestation is a growing concern and started to highlight it.
  11. Many other cases of child molestation were reported and many culprits were caught red-handed.
  12. People have now become aware on the threat the children may face and many may be considering educating their children on how to pinpoint child molesters and report when they see someone with such intentions or if someone has tried to or has molested them.
  13. A clearer CCTV footage surfaced of the potential culprit, but the attire in the new CCTV seems to be different to that of the man with whom Zainab was last seen walking.

                     New CCTV footage

  14. A news also surfaced that the Police had apprehended the culprit in Lahore, but still it is not confirmed as to if they got the right man, we may soon find out what may be the outcome.
  15. People got on to social media in support of Zainab and many Pakistanis changed their display pictures to Zainabs picture.
  16. Two key suspects were taken in to custody, who had been booked for similar sketchy cases in the past (Ahsan, 2018).
  17. On the 21st of January, the supreme court gave the Joint Investigation Team 72 hours to probe Zainabs case (Shakir, 2018).
  18. On 23rd January a ray of hope was shun, as the child molester/rapist/murderer was apprehended and his DNA samples were found on the crime scene. His DNA was also present on 7 other girls who had gone through similar circumstances. The murderer name is Imran Ali, who is a 23-year-old boy and Zainabs neighbor. The little angel was told that they were going to receive her parents from the airport and that is how she was kidnapped. (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)

  19. It was revealed by a very credible journalist, Dr. Shahid Masood; Imran Ali is just one of the people responsible. Dr. Shahid gave proof that this case at hand is not just about an innocent child being tortured, raped and murdered; it is about a global violent child pornography business. Imran Ali’s profile put forward, does not seem to be true as per Dr. Shahid. Further investigation is underway.

The case is still progressing and we pray to the All Mighty to grant the culprits a terrible faith in this world and thereafter.

How could have Zainabs rape and murder case been avoided

After Zainabs murder, the investigation team is dangling with the conclusion that there may be a serial killer in the picture, whose muse is to rape and kill young girls. Zainabs case is similar to that of 10 other cases. Similar residue of DNA was present on 6 other young girls. These 10 cases in question took place since the beginning of 2017.  So here is where our failed system could have prevented the circumstances Zainab faced. First and foremost if the serial killer is what they were looking for why were the other victims not declared and why didn’t they start investigating right after the first rape and murder case? If they had gotten to the bottom of it and had started their investigations on a rigorous pace, possibly Zainab and the rest of the victims would have been spared. Why is it that we see this repeated cycle in our system, when something goes wrong, it is only given national attention when the media and local people highlight it. If the law enforcement agencies had tightened their grip even if the murder was not the same or a serial killer, he would have feared for his life in committing such a monstrous crime. Why has the problem of child rape and molestation been taken so lightly, only after Zainabs case we are seeing reports of people getting caught who are either offenders or who have been caught in the act. We invest and fight against criminals, terrorists etc. to provide a better future for our children, so why are we not looking after their present.  One of the issues is also that our law has given many people a loose hand, I would highlight cases where many sex offenders are known to exist and still no action is being taken against them. Kasur has been a hub for Child molestation with a massive scandal that showed the true faces of a big molestation ring. Where are the culprits who were put behind bars ? Did we make an example out of them to put fear in potential wrong doers (Robinson, 2018)?

Punishment of Pedophiles/ Rapists/ Murderers

I feel the punishment for such acts should not be just a conventional death penalty. The accused  should be put through mental and physical torture until they completely give up. Putting someone through the gallows would just end their miserable life in one shot.

Some of the cases of sexual abuse that have been reported

There have been many cases which have been reported and many not reported of child molestation in Pakistan. 11 children or more may face this threat on a daily basis.  Some of the cases that have surfaced include child sexual abuse and molestation scandals in Madrasas; a child molestation ring which made videos of children being molested to blackmail and sell the videos; and cases of employees or relatives indulging in the God forsaken act. A documentary has also been made which highlights that there is a proper market of children being used as sex slaves and prostitutes  in Peshawar.
Since Zainabs case many people are reporting child molestation cases, and many sex offenders are being caught red-handed.  A school guard in Karachi, was trying to have his way with a 5-year-old girl, he got caught and was beaten and handed to rangers. The sad thing is that even after the horrific incident child molesters and rapist are still carrying on with their dirty deeds

Security Guard involved in rape and murder of a 5-year-old school girl

Kasur Case

Karachi Sachal Area Child sexually abused

Allegation of child abuse in madrasas

Child molestation market in Peshawar bus stands

The above mentioned cases are some of the many cases that have been reported. My question is, what were the penalties or punishments faced by the wrongdoers? The Peshawar video has many people admitting that they occasionally indulge in having sex with children, are they behind bars after this documentary aired?

Profile of Imran, person accused from Zainabs rape and murder case:

  1. His father suffered with mental illness
  2. His occupation is of a car painter
  3. Used to take part in protests
  4. Has 4 sisters and 3 brothers
  5. Used to participate in Naat Mehfils
  6. Lived just a few houses away from Zainabs house

          Imran Ali

         Imran Ali

The profile portrayed to us may be a somewhat of a sham. Dr. Shahid Masood has come forward with evidence which show that Imran Ali has over 40 bank accounts, which have had huge amounts of transactions. The accused seems to be in cohorts with some influential figures and is also part of a massive violent child pornography business. Considering this, him being a car painter doesn’t seem to match.

Mindset of a child molester and people who sexually abuse children

Zainabs rape and murder case has highlighted a growing concern in our society which was not being given much heed We need to protect our children from child molesters , to do so we need to look at what may be the potential profile of a child molester (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)

Behavior of a Pedophiles

  1. They may act like normal humans.
  2. There is a possibility they had a lonely life or are scared of rejection.
  3. They have a complicated life.
  4. They may have been sexually abused as a child
  5. Their fear of rejection by people their own age makes them look at kids who are defenseless, so they can easily overpower them and fulfill their sexual urges
  6. They consider their victims as objects to fulfill their sexual desires
  7. They may have felt helpless as children when they were molested or raped, they want to reverse the roles and be the ones in power and make someone else suffer (Chronicle, 2013)

Things to watch out for to intercept a potential child molester

Watching out for molesters

  1. Watch out for people who would want the child to do an activity alone with them. e.g. Why don’t you come over I shall help you with your homework, or I just got a puppy, do you want to come over and play with it.
  2. Looks for signs if an adult shares information that is not appropriate for the child at his or her age, such as details of a romantic experience or a night out with the guys.
  3. Watch out for people who try to touch the child a lot. They do it in front of you so that the child thinks it’s ok  Also see signs, if your child looks uncomfortable, that may be a red flag.
  4. Watch out for people who give gifts and presents to your children.
  5. Look out for people your child interacts with online (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters) (How to Determine if Someone Is a Child Molester, 2018).

Preparing children to be aware of such deviants in the society

As you saw, as per the statistical analysis, sexual abuse of children and child molestation is a growing concern. Your child is not safe, indoors or outdoors, as you saw many incidents take place in the child’s residency, by people they know or by strangers. Our cultural heritage has embedded in our minds that such topics are a route to becoming social pariahs and should not be discussed. But its high time and we need to acknowledge the uncertainty surrounding our children’s well-being. So we need to prepare them for the cruel world, how to be cautious and how to differentiate the intentions of people they come across (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)

To start we need to explain to our children behavior that they should watch out for, basically detecting advances made towards them and if they feel something is not right how to get out of such situations. This knowledge is necessary to keep them safe. Schools should also start classes where teachers educate the children about potential threats in every society. The following things should be taught  to children about body safety so they can distinguish between right and wrong:

  1. For starters don’t change in front of your children after they are 2 or 3, their young minds might feel that it is normal behavior.
  2. Stranger danger should be advocated as well as what to watch for in people they know.
  3. Try to name body parts in front of them, and teach them appropriate behavior when it comes to protecting your body.
  4. They should know what parts are private and cannot be touched by anyone.
  5. They should know that if someone asks them to touch their private parts, they should not do that.
  6. They should know that they cannot sit in people’s lap.
  7. Children should be told that there should be no body secrets, if someone tells them that they are just having fun, or to keep a secret after touching them inappropriately, they should not keep it a secret
  8. Children should be made aware that taking pictures of private parts is wrong and they should not let anyone take pictures of their private parts or see pictures of private parts of other people.
  9. Teach your children how to get out of such scenarios, by giving  reasons such as they need to use the washroom, or they need to make a call to their parents.
  10. Give your children a code or password, if they feel a situation is not right they should put that out in conversation so that you can be made aware of a potential threat
  11. Many of us keep servants to help out with our kids, make sure that you don’t keep a male servant for your son or daughter.
  12. Never let your children go out alone with the driver, always accompany them.
  13. Have a very relaxed  and friendly approach with your children, they should see you as a friend so they can confide in you and share with you if they face any such issues from strangers, family, relatives, teachers, or your employee’s (Daniels, 2017).(Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)

Course or action needed to protect our children from child molesters

Child molestation and sexual abuse of children is a growing concern around the world. Keeping our children safe from such devastations requires a lot of effort by individuals as well as the government. The positivity about the last few years is that people now have some influence due to social media, and there is some extent of freedom of expression given to our media. So I feel the following things need to be done by all stakeholders to make a better for the generations to follow.

Teaching your kids, how to up their guard

Our children need to be taught about the deviants and predators that exist in our society. Our cultural heritage makes some topics taboo  when it comes to discussing. The problem is hat, times have changed for the worse and we need to tell our children how to protect themselves, and if they see an issue what to do and how to inform an adult.

Look out for potential child molesters

I have given a few things to watch out for, these may fit under the characteristics of a potential child molester. Watch out for them, if your hunch seems strong, do report to the right authorities about your findings.

Benchmark a punishment

Once an offender is  convicted, decide a punishment for him or her. Benchmark a punishment which is so gruesome and painful that a potential wrongdoer may be scared to do the same. Zainabs murderer has carried out a such a crime which has removed all grounds of leniency in his case. I believe that since the culprits do not seem to possess a heart or compassion, their punishment should be intense. Putting someone through the gallows is just giving him or her a quick way out. The punishment should be continuous and it should be broadcasted for people to see.

The State should deal with the culprits

As per the statistics most of the child molestation cases are carried out by people who are known by the family. There are also people who have influence and power who carry out such acts. When the family of the plaintiff files a suit against the defendant, they may pressurize the family to take the case back. The pressure is always on the grounds of threats to the other family members, or using their money and influence to change the verdict in their favor. The government needs to get involved in such cases and make sure that under no circumstances the guilty party is pardoned by the ones who have suffered. They should be given protection and the guilty party should not have  a way out because of their status or influence.

The state also needs to give strict instructions to the Police to follow-up on such crimes on a priority basis and not put the child and his family through further agony.

A Sensible Census

The government needs to make sure that the Census taken is accurate, we need to know the exact number of people in our country, which may be understated. Once there is an idea about the number of people belonging to different households, then the government has to make sure that each individual is registered with a Pakistani Identity Card. Our ID cards and passports require us to give in our fingerprints. These fingerprints are put in Nadra’s database. If any sort of crime is committed, there is a small possibility, the culprits identity can be reveled via finger prints.

DNA banks

Our Law Enforcement Agencies need to take DNA samples of every individual put behind bars. The intensity of the crime should not matter, for the sake of it they should record DNA findings of all culprits. This accumulated database can be kept for the future. The purpose of this is to catch repeat offenders, and through DNA trees many past criminals can be caught.  The thing about DNA is that it is passed down in your genes.  Let’s take an example, a person commits a murder or rape 25 or 30 years ago. DNA and finger prints are found but there is no match for it.  Fast forward; 30 years later, the criminal who was left unharmed due to lack of DNA evidence, his son or daughter commit a small petty crime.  Their DNA sample is taken, but now a case from 30 years before will have a DNA match. These sort of cases happen in The States and many unsolved mysteries are often solved after decades.

Be on the same page

We  can unanimously agree that are system has fallen through the gaps and there are many faults in it. During incidents like that of Zainabs’ we should all work together. Once a result has been derived then the civilians and opposition can point out the faults in  our government. The immediate response should be to find, arrest and punish the perpetrators. If all parties look past their differences and stand together, a lot can be done and the culprits can be put behind bars. (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)

My analysis on Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters

On a positive note, the alleged pedophile cum rapist cum murderer was arrested during the time I was writing this piece. The culprit as stated above was a neighbor and it adds more gravity to the situation. Such crimes are mostly done by people we may know. We need to prepare our young ones for the possible challenges and have to teach them on all survival mechanisms; if God forbid they face a potential threat. Many people would say that teaching sex education at such an early age, breaches a lot of morals and values we stand for. They are right to some extent as we need to keep our child’s innocence intact, we need to pass along the complete message but try to keep the adulterated terminologies to a bare minimum. E.g. the Butt can be referred to as the back portion, the frontal area can be referred to as the front and the breast region can be referred to as chest or front-top. The gist of this is that we need to keep our children prepared. Our Law Enforcement agencies need to also invest in new age technologies to help them in locating criminals, they also need to be steadfast and take action because it is their job, they should not wait until they get pressurized by the media. If the Police in Zainabs case had been proactive, and had arrested the serial killer after his first victim, many children would have had been out of harm’s way. The good thing is that Imran would not be carrying out any such horrendous acts in the future. A giant ring has been exposed by Dr. Shahid Masood; which proves that Imran is one of the pawns and many people still have to be caught, exposed and punished. (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)

We all need to stand together against all odds,  and stand up for those who are oppressed and speak up when we see injustice. Our efforts along with the efforts of our government and politicians can make our country a safe place to live for us, our children and their generations to follow. Let’s say a prayer for Zainab and all other reported and unreported children who have had similar cases, May their culprits face the highest of exemplary punishments and may the departed Rest in Peace. (Zainabs Rape and Murder Case and how to protect our children from child molesters)


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