I sift through a lot of news alerts and stories every day and have been doing so for years and one of the biggest lessons I've learned is that people are constantly doing the same thing.
Whether it's reporting on business news or tech trends or a celebrity's rise to stardom or a new restaurant chain taking people's stomachs by storm, it's difficult to get excited by "news" because it doesn't seem that new.
I'm not proud of that, I actually wish I was surprised and could have the huge reactions I used to have when I was younger instead of the jaded person I've become. There are some stories that I'm still deeply troubled by: those about violence against children.
So this happened today!!— Khawaja Abaid Ullah (@KhawajaAbaid) January 9, 2018
This 7 y/o little girl Zainab from Qasur, Pakistan was kidnapped 4 days ago, the unknown kidnappers first RAPED her and then KILLED her.
Her dead body was found today from trash.
Kindly raise voice for her!#JusticeForZainab pic.twitter.com/4Z7c3u6ykS
Recently, an attack was carried out against a 7-year-old girl, Zainab, in Pakistan. She was raped, murdered, and her body was thrown on a garbage heap.
The outrage in the region was immediate. Zainab was the 12th case of a child being abducted, raped, and murdered in Kasur in the past year. And people demanded to know what local authorities were doing to curb this outbreak in violence against children.
How does one even begin to process this. The eleventh case of abduction, rape and murder of a child in Kasur. In just this last year. In the district responsible for the largest child abuse scandal in Pakistan's history. My God, Zainab. Our collective apathy failed you.— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) January 10, 2018
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai spoke about the tragedy, adding to the pressure being put on Pakistan's government to take action.
Pakistani news anchor Kiran Naz took it a step further by bringing her own daughter on air during her broadcast. Naz kept the child on her lap as she gave a moving speech about safeguarding children while highlighting the attacks on Zainab and other kids in the region.
The move started making headlines and helped to get even more people talking about Zainab and the government's inept response to the rise in child murders.
People were also saying that Naz's statement helped to unify Desis in India and Pakistan.
Thank you humbly for putting differences between the countries aside and supporting #JusticeForZainab & the fight against rape & inhumanity! It’s high time people recognize all lives matter regardless of nationality or Religion & stand united in stopping injustice globally!— Haleema Uddin (@HaleemaUddin) January 11, 2018
Others were saying that she spoke for mothers in the country everywhere.
Even those who thought that Naz's approach was a little much, couldn't argue with the anchor's reasoning behind it.
Police are still actively looking for the man who carried out the attack on Zainab.
Zainab's family voiced little faith in local authorities to actually find their daughter's killer alive. They've vowed to not bury her body until the killer is captured alive.
"Just to lift the burden off themselves, the authorities shouldn't kill some innocent person and say, 'Yes, we have given you justice'...we want the killer alive. And moreover, security should be improved in the area, security cameras need to be installed."
Joined #Peshawar’s CSOs to protest Zainab’s rape & brutal murder in #Kasur & to demand #JusticeForZainab. Zainab, Mashal Khan, Brekhna we are sorry, your killers roam free! We are sorry #PakistanState has failed you, we have all failed you! pic.twitter.com/223whpZzlX— Bushra Gohar (@BushraGohar) January 11, 2018
Protests and riots broke out in Pakistan after Zainab's body was found, spurring local celebrities to comment on the tragedy and spread awareness.
#JusticeForZainab , Being a Father just can’t imagine the pain of Parents after this, condolences to her parents & Alarming situation to Society we r living in 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽, Govt should do Prompt action against the Culprit & give justice to ZAINAB , pic.twitter.com/f1a2Go0j3Y— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 10, 2018
Pakistan's Army Chief has reportedly added more resources to the case, and the hunt for Zainab's murderer is still on in the country.