Outcry over rape of five-year-old girl in Pakistan

Outcry over rape of five-year-old girl in Pakistan
Pakistani workers from NGOs perform during an anti-rape protest in Lahore.

LAHORE - Rights campaigners staged protest rallies across Pakistan on Sunday against the rape of a five-years old girl in the eastern city of Lahore whose condition is now relatively stable.

Police still have no clue who carried out the attack despite detaining several suspects and releasing most of them after questioning, a law enforcement official said.

The five-year old girl was kidnapped on Thursday and brutally raped in the eastern city of Lahore.

Police said the girl was found outside a hospital at around 8pm (2100 Singapore time) on Friday, a day after she went missing from a low-income neighbourhood in the city.

"Her condition is relatively stable but still she is in the Intensive Care Unit," doctor Farzand Ali, medical superintendant in the Services hospital told AFP.

Senior police officer Zulfiqar Hameed said investigators had questioned several suspects but have yet to formally arrested anyone.

"We are investigating and we hope steady progress (is being made) but no one has yet been identified nor anyone formally arrested," Mr Hameed told AFP. Doctors earlier said the child was raped several times.

Rights campaigners and workers from NGOs on Saturday and Sunday staged protest rallies across Pakistan and demanded the arrest of the culprits, witnesses said.

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