Motorway Rape Case: PML-N demands CCPO’s resignation

PML-N’s Marriyum Aurangzeb has demanded the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to fire Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh over his controversial statement regarding the motorway gang-rape incident.

Motorway Rape Case

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday has demanded the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to fire Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh over his controversial statement regarding the motorway rape case.

While talking to the media, the PML-N leader said that the CCPO should be sacked for blaming the victim for the incident just to hide their own incompetence. CCPO Umar Sheikh had stated that the victim was taking Pakistan as France, she expressed anger.

The reaction came after CCPO blamed the victim of leaving the house at midnight and taking the Motorway route instead of GT Road without adequate fuel. “The woman called her brother instead of police and her brother telephoned the motorway police at 130 to send a police mobile,” he told.

On the other hand, despite the passage of three days, the security personnel have failed to arrest the suspects involved in the incident.

The concerned authorities have shortlisted over 70 people with criminal records and their location at the time of the incident is also being monitored. Detectives have also been hired for the inspection of footprints collected from the crime scene.

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In a statement, Inspector General of Punjab (IG) Inam Ghani told that traditional and advanced techniques are being used to investigate the case. Suspicious points have been marked around 5 kilometers from the incident site, he went on to say.

Motorway Rape Case: Protecting women in Pakistan

Analysts believe that by developing a comprehensive mechanism of conflict resolution may help Pakistan to get rid of it. Prominent TV anchor and columnist Dr. Moeed Pirzada offered an interesting solution in an article he wrote almost two years ago.

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“Police, local political elite and lower judiciary – most of whom themselves are convinced of the value of ‘honor’ — need to be trained to understand these conflicts in the context of modernity and to be able to help institutions like Dar-ul-Amman, local councils and government-approved local bodies to find solutions. In most cases, these negotiations to find acceptability for situations that are locally unpalatable can take weeks or months and intervening layers of institutions have to be trained for that.

This is what their capacity building is about. And perhaps most importantly media and educational institutions need to change the narrative; with the help of celluloid and books we need to spread the message around that young adults have the right to make their choices in love – and this includes the right to make painful blunders. And there is no family ‘dishonor’ in matters of the heart,” he argues.

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