The Punjab Information minister, Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan on Thursday stated that the victim of the Lahore motorway rape case has identified both the rapists.
“The lady has identified both Abid and Shafqat,” Chohan told a press conference in Lahore. “It was due to Waqar-ul-Hasan’s arrest that we were able to reach Shafqat,” he added.
However, Abid Ali, the prime suspect in the case, remains at large, while Shafqat Ali was arrested by the police authorities on Monday for his alleged involvement in the ill-fated case. Shafqat is presently in police custody after he was remanded for 14 days by an accountability court.
Earlier, the Punjab government had offered an Rs2.5 million reward for any information leading to the arrest of Abid. The identity of those bringing forward any information that will reach to his arrest will be kept secret.
Last week a woman who was traveling along the Lahore-Sialkot motorway was allegedly robbed and gang-raped by two men after she was stranded on the motorway because of running out of fuel.
The woman immediately called a relative and sent him her location. The relative asked her to dial the Motorway Police helpline 130, from where she reportedly received no help.
In the meantime, two robbers approached her car, broke the car window, and drag the children and the woman to nearby bushes where they gang-raped her in front of her children.
The incident has drawn nationwide condemnation from all the walks of society, and particularly for the attitude and victim-blaming statement of Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh.
The CCPO had blamed the victim for going through the route and said that she should have checked her petrol tank before taking the route she took. He had also said the victim woman had thought that this is France where leaving and traveling at night is fine.
He was served a show-cause notice by the Punjab government. The chief minister of Punjab had also termed his statement as irrelevant.
There have also been protests across the country calling for capital punishments for the rapists and child sex abusers. From the general public to TV celebrities, people are taking part in protests against the incident.