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Rights campaigners staged protest rallies across Pakistan on Sunday after the rape of a five-year-old girl in the eastern city of Lahore. The girl is now in a relatively stable condition.
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.
Police said the child was found outside a Lahore hospital at around 8pm 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,” Dr Farzand Ali, a medical superintendent at the Services Hospital, told AFP.
Senior police officer Zulfiqar Hameed said investigators had questioned several suspects but had yet to arrest anyone.
“We are investigating and we hope steady progress (is being made), but no one has yet been identified nor anyone formally arrested,” 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.
Widespread outrage dominated social media while private TV channels prominently broadcast reports on the girl and her ordeal.
Rape is notoriously difficult to prosecute in Pakistan, where women are often treated as second-class citizens. - Sapa-AFP