Massive protests have also erupted in Kasur demanding suspension of the police over their inefficiency in catching the culprits. Angry protesters blocked roads and burned tires while chanting slogans against the police.
A seven-year-old girl was raped and murdered in the same area last year.
The case came to light after the body and skeletal remains of the minors were found in Kasur city, an area in Pakistan’s Punjab province on 17 September, Pakistani media reports.
“Ten rupees will buy you all kinds of child pornography in the markets of Kasur,” Pakistan’s news website Dawn quoted a journalist as saying about the rising crime against children and rampant child sex abuse in Kasur, located 52 km from Lahore.
4 children have been missing in Kasur district since June— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) September 18, 2019
8-year-old Faizan went missing on Sept 16
12-year-old Mohd Imran went missing on June 3
8-year-old Suleman Akram went missing on Aug 17
9-year-old Ali Hasnain went missing on Aug 8
A 5th child is also suspected missing
The incident has led outraged people in different parts of Pakistan to demand stringent action against the perpetrators.
The outcry has seen #HangTheRapistsSaveChildren trend in Pakistan with 16.7k mentions on Twitter.
Our society has become so fake that actual truth bothers people. When Dr. Shahid Masood pointed out the dark web crimes activated in Kasur, all the media and powerful Mafia went against him.#HangRapistsSaveChildren pic.twitter.com/AibwSwc8ce— Fatima Awais (@Fatimaamber12) September 19, 2019
#ریپ_کی_سزا_موت— Kashif Baloch (@KashifBaIoch) September 19, 2019
It should b taken seriously.
In kasur ISI with the help of civilian agencies must launch some kind of operation.
Why this city is highly rated in such cases .
Hang publicly all rapists.
We must save our children#HangRapistsSaveChildren
Another pointed out that the case is complex as it involves politicians and media houses as well.
This is not a simple case This is a group of criminals some powerful politicians from PMLN and some media houses are involved in this as Dr Shahid M told us nd dont forget what they did to him.— Kashif Baloch (@KashifBaIoch) September 19, 2019
Even PM himself couldn't save Dr SM#HangRapistsSaveChildren
it is a network which operate on child abuse..— Hanzi (@Hanzalamalik82) September 19, 2019
Dr shahid masood was right but media mafia abused him and defamed him for speaking truth
SHAME on state institutions for trying to hide child abuse mafias#HangRapistsSaveChildren pic.twitter.com/7i2nHg3Nkw
Another said the situation in Kasur city is alarming with a rise in such cases.
Situation in #Kasur is alarming!— Syed mutahhar zaidi (@MutahharZaidi) September 19, 2019
No child or sister is safe as long as such disgusting predators are out there!
Rapist should be given exemplary punishment in a hurry.
Rape = Death Penalty
So that the rest of the inhumane creeps can learn some lesson#HangRapistsSaveChildren
According to Pakistani media reports, police said two of the minors went missing last month, and the third was reported missing two days before the bodies were recovered, following a tip-off from a labourer.
Though police could not immediately ascertain how the minors were killed, they suspect the children were sexually assaulted before being murdered.
Besides these three, two other children have gone missing from the same area where abductions are common, locals said.
Police are yet to make any arrests in the case, though a probe is being carried out, the report said.