Motorway Rape Case: CCPO Lahore Blames Victim For Incident
Lahore CCPO Umar Sheikh, who has been tasked to probe the rape of a woman on the motorway, has started his investigation by questioning the choices of the rape survivor, saying the woman should have taken a different route –a less deserted one– and checked her petrol tank before embarking on her journey.
Sheikh said that he was surprised that the woman — a mother of three travelling alone at night– chose to travel via Ring Road instead of taking the GT Road that was relatively ‘safe’.
He went on to say that if she had decided to go to Gujranwala via motorway, she should have checked her fuel tank because there were no petrol pumps on that route.
— Nida Usman Ch (@NidaUsmanCh) September 10, 2020
Rape on motorway:
A woman was allegedly raped by two men at gunpoint in front of her children after her car ran out of gas near Gujjarpura, Lahore.
Police said the woman, a resident of Gujranwala, was returning to the city from Lahore on Tuesday night when her car ran out of petrol.
Geo News reported that the woman called her husband, who advised her to call Motorway Police for help until he got there. However, the Motorway Police operator excused from helping the woman, saying the emergency beat had not been assigned to anyone.
As she was left to her own devices on the deserted road, two armed men approached the vehicle and smashed its windows. They then took the woman and her children out of the car and took them into a nearby field after cutting the fence along the road to rape her. The report said the woman was also deprived of Rs100,000, jewelry, and ATM cards.
Strong reaction to CCPO remarks:
The insensitive remarks by the Lahore police chief prompted a strong response from social media users. They demanded that the CCPO be sacked for issuing an ‘apologist’ statement on the issue.
CCPO Omar Sheikh was appointed by the govt to make an arrest and the first thing he said “first of all it’s her mistake for choosing the wrong route to travel with 3 kids and not checking the petrol before leaving for Lahore” that’s the main reason rape victims don’t come forward
— Rumpoptarts (@theodahad_) September 10, 2020
The CCPO should be the first one to go. Needs to be sacked immediately for his callous attitude towards a brutal crime. FFS how is the police supposed to solve the case if they think the victim was almost asking for it! https://t.co/DcRSr4uCZe
— Saadat Ali Zia (@my55cents) September 10, 2020
— Saleeha (@saleeha4) September 10, 2020
CCPO Umar Sheikh should be sacked immediately. Women across the country must raise their voices against him. We dont need rape apologists in positions tasked with protecting the public. https://t.co/1XGveArrLV
— Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir (@ImaanZHazir) September 10, 2020