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Pak court asks police to nab culprit behind child's rape,

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

The High (LHC) has ordered the of Pakistan's province to arrest within 36 hours the culprit behind the brutal rape and of a seven-year-old girl that shook the country.

The LHC Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, hearing a filed by an to arrest the culprit, expressed surprise that despite reports of earlier incidents of similar nature from district of province, none of the cases were brought to the

The ordered the police to submit details of all the cases of child sexual abuse that had taken place in the area, adding that he would also demand a report on the cases from the sessions judge, the DawnNews reported.

The warned that the would not tolerate any delay in the case, at which the IGP assured him that the culprit would be caught.

The hearing was adjourned until January 15.

On January 10, protests had erupted in after the child's body was found in a garbage heap. Autopsy reports revealed that the girl was subjected to rape, torture and was then strangled to death.

The horrific incident triggered public outrage throughout the country with people demanding justice for the child.

The girl's was the 12th such incident reported in district in a year.

had made headlines in 2015 as well when it was revealed that a gang of paedophiles was busted for running a child sex ring in the city.

Meanwhile, the government today appointed RPO Multan Idress Ahmad to head the probe, a day after the girl's father demanded to change (JIT) formed to investigate the horrific incident.

Amid the nationwide outrage over the incident, a gatekeeper at a school in Karachi's area was today taken into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl, the daily reported.

Police said the gatekeeper had allegedly attempted to assault the child yesterday, after which she went home and told her parents.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 17:50 IST