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Lahore motorway incident – Timeline of the main events


Gulmeena HamidWeb Editor

12th Sep, 2020. 10:15 pm
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Lahore motorway incident - Timeline of the main events

A horrific incident took place on the Lahore motorway incident last Tuesday when a woman who was traveling with her children was robbed and gang-raped by two men. Here is a timeline of the main events that took place since Tuesday after the horrific incident.

Suspect’s DNA Sample matches with woman’s sample

A breakthrough occurred on Saturday in the Lahore motorway gang rape incident when the sample of DNA of one of the suspects matched with the samples taken from the victim.

According to the details, the suspect’s DNA sample was already present in the Forensic Science Agency’s DNA bank. Police said that the suspect has a criminal record and that important progress has been made in the case, however, no arrests have been done yet.


IG Punjab dismisses reports of any arrest

Earlier the Inspector General of the Punjab police, Inam Ghani had dismissed reports that a suspect in the Lahore Motorway gang rape case has been arrested.

He added that he would share the news of any arrest himself as he is directly monitoring the investigations.

“Such unconfirmed news affects the case and is also misleading for the public,” he said. He also said that pictures of the woman and the suspect of the case being shared on social media were fake. He requested the media to confirm facts before reporting on such sensitive issues.

He also refused to defend the victim-blaming comments by the Lahore CCPO Umar Sheikh on the Lahore motorway incident. He stressed that in no way the victim can be blamed for the horrific event.

The Investigations

A special investigation team had visited the area on Friday where the sad incident had occurred. The police completed the geo-fencing of the area surrounding the motorway within five kilometers.

According to the details, the police also contacted the victim to obtain her statement, however, the family said that the woman is not in the condition to give any statement right now.

The police have taken DNA samples of 63 people from three villages of the surrounding area, all of whom are between the ages of 20 and 35 years. It also emerged during the investigations that 25 suspects with criminal records are missing from Karol and adjoining villages.

CCPO Lahore Inappropriate remarks

The Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh landed into hot water after he made a comment, blaming the victim of the heinous crime.

“I am surprised that a mother of three, a lone driver, after leaving the Defence area took this route. She should have taken the straight route from GT Road, which is a generally well-populated area,” he had said. 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. He also said that the woman had thought that this is France where traveling alone at night is fine.

The Incident

On Tuesday night, a woman, who was with her children was allegedly robbed and gang-raped by two men on the Lahore motorway within Gujjarpura police’s jurisdiction.

The woman was reportedly driving to Gujranwala in her car when she was forced to stop at the motorway after running out of fuel, at around 1:30 am. She immediately dialed the Motorway police helpline from which she received no response. She also shared her location with one of her relatives.

In the meantime, two unidentified men approached her car, broke the windows, and dragged the women and her children out of the car and took them to nearby bushes where they allegedly gang-raped her in front of her children. They also robbed her bag carrying Rs100, 000 cash, one gold bracelet, car registration papers, and three ATM cards.


 

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