Motorway Rape occurred because Victim travelled without husband: CCPO tells Senate

The Senate panel irked by CCPO's statement

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Motorway Rape occurred because Victim traveled without husband: CCPO tells Senate

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Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Umar Sheikh reiterated before the Senate panel that motorway rape occurred because the victim travelled without the permission of the husband. Remarks of the CPPO irked the Senate panel since the CPPO blamed the victim woman for the rape incident.

Earlier this month, a woman gang-raped before her children by accused while travelling on Lahore-Sialkot motorway. She was calling the helpline 130 after her vehicle developed a fault. The Senate committee summoned the CCPO Umar Sheikh after public outrage against the incident. The incident exposed the lack of security on one of the key routes in Punjab.

Members of the committee put several questions before CCPO Umar Sheikh regarding the incident. The panel lashed out at the CCPO for his statement and the latter backtracked from his earlier statement.

The CCPO, however, informed the committee members that police identified the culprits within 72 hours by the help of geofencing. DNA testing, foot tracking and fingerprints technology used to trace the culprits involved in the incident, he mentioned.

Police arrested

He informed that one suspect Shafqat Ali was under arrest and another key accused was still at large. Efforts on to bring all suspects to book, Mr. Sheikh told the Senate panel.

Mr. Sheikh also apologised before the members of the panel and requested them to convene a meeting of all legislators so that he could regret before all.

The motorway gang-rape has sparked protests across the country. Political parties and members of civil society have urged upon the government  to take practical and effective steps to bring the culprits to book. Women rights and human rights organizations have lashed out at police for what they call its failure to protect women.

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