Lahore Capital City Police Office (CCPO) Umer Sheikh on Monday apologized for his statement on the Lahore motorway gang-rape incident in which he had implied victim shared the blame for it.
In a statement after meeting Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar in Lahore, Lahore CCPO said: “I apologize to the victim woman, and all sections of society for my remarks.”
He said he didn’t mean anything wrong and if his statement has led to any misunderstanding, he then apologize to the victim and all those angered by it.
The governor said the CCPO’s statement has caused anger among the family members of the victim as well as society.
The city police chief also gave explanation on his statement during the meeting.
About the arrest of the culprits, Umer Shaikh said they would soon be brought to justice.
His apology came after the Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned him to appear before it this afternoon.
A bench of the high court headed by Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan was hearing a writ petition seeking the formation of a judicial commission to investigate the incident.
He had directed the Lahore police chief to appear in personal capacity in short a while.
CCPO Lahore ‘Inappropriate’ Remarks
CCPO Lahore landed in hot water after he put the blame on the Lahore motorway gang-rape incident.
In his remarks, the CCPO wondered why the woman took the route to travel and said that she should have checked her petrol tank before getting on the said route.
Sheikh had said that the woman had left Lahore’s Defence area at 12:30am for Gujranwala.
“I am surprised that a mother of three, a lone driver […] after leaving Defence should have taken the straight route from GT Road — a generally well-populated area,” he had said.