Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)The murder of a 10-year-old Pakistani girl who was allegedly raped has sparked public outrage in the South Asian country, with police under fire for inaction and authorities accused of failing to protect children.
Father of murdered 10-year-girl says she was raped and acid thrown on her
Farishta Mohmand's body was found in woodlands near her home in the capital Islamabad, five days after her father first raised the alarm.
Gul Nabi reported her disappearance the night she went missing, but police said Tuesday that officers waited four days to file a missing person's report. He said that when he made his report, police said she had likely run away with someone.
His daughter's body showed signs of rape and torture, Gul Nabi told CNN.
"The body was in bad condition, it felt as if someone had thrown acid on her," he said.
Farishta's death has become a lightning rod in a country where there is widespread violence against children and women. Many have seized on the delay in police action as proof of institutionalized gender discrimination.
Earlier this week, the hashtags #FarishtaMohmand and #JusticeForFarishta became top trending terms on Pakistani Twitter, with many users calling for the resignation of the police responsible for handling the case.
With anger continuing to build, Interior Minister Ejaz Shah on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the case.
Islamabad's inspector-general of police suspended the station house officer in Shahzad Town, a district of Islamabad where Farishta's father reported her missing.
By Tuesday evening, police said they had arrested three suspects, including a 14-year-old relative who is the main suspect.