Lahore CCPO apologises over absurd remarks in motorway gang-rape case
LAHORE – Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umer Sheikh on Monday apologised over her absurd statement blaming motorway gang-rape victim.
The Lahore police chief faced severe backlash from public and politicians after he claimed that the rape victim failed to take due precautions before leaving for the travel.
Last week, a woman was allegedly gang-raped by two robbers in front of her children at gunpoint when she was stranded on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway after her vehicle ran out of fuel.
Following the incident, the CCPO criticized the victim for choosing less populated route for travel. He said that the woman should take populated GT Road to Gujranwala instead of motorway. He further said that the woman should have checked the fuel level in her car before setting off to journey.
غلطی کا احساس اور اس پر معافی مانگنا دنیا کا مشکل ترین کام ہے، خدا کی قسم اس کے لئے بڑی بہادری چاہئیے۔ سی سی پی او لاہور نے اپنے بیان پر معذرت کی ہے(وجہ کچھ بھی ہو)اس پر وہ لائقِ تحسین ہے، ان تمام لوگوں کو بھی سوچنا چاہئے جو اس بیان پر تنقید کرنے والوں کو گالیاں دیتے رہے pic.twitter.com/KUDQLQ0KQi— Iqrar ul Hassan Syed (@iqrarulhassan) September 14, 2020
Today, the CCPO talking to reporters said that he apologised from the depth of his heart to my sister, who was raped, and to all section of society over his remarks.
On Saturday, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said Inspector General of Police (IG) Inam Ghani had issued a show-cause notice to Sheikh over his remarks and directed him to submit reply within 7 seven days.
He vowed to take legal action against the CCPO after reviewing his reply.
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