The Lahore High Court (LHC) has summoned Lahore CCPO Umer Sheikh over inappropriate remarks blaming the victim for the recent Motorway gang rape incident.
The LHC has summoned Lahore CCPO to explain his position on the matter.
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 directed the Lahore police chief to appear in personal capacity in short a while.
Over the course of the hearing, the chief justice remarked that the entire provincial cabinet should have tendered an apology over the CCOP’s statement. “What investigation is this? The CCPO is putting the blame on the rape victim.”
He said many ministers gave strange statements following the incident.
The chief justice asked a government lawyer present in the courtroom if any action was taken against the Lahore police chief over the statement, to which the latter replied that an inquiry has been launched into the matter.
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.
The CCPO had said that the victim should have at least checked her car’s fuel tank before getting on the route as there is no petrol pump along it.
Motorway Gang-Rape Incident
On Tuesday night, two robbers had gang-raped a woman who was with her children, on the motorway within Gujjarpura police’s jurisdiction.