ISLAMABAD: The PML-N on Friday demanded the PTI-led authorities take away Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) for Lahore, Umar Sheikh, instantly after the cop engaged in ‘victim-blaming’ over the horrific Lahore motorway rape earlier this week.
“Women’s dignity is not safe as long as this CCPO is in office”, get together spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb mentioned Friday.
The CCPO Lahore had in a TV interview blamed the motorway rape sufferer for leaving the house late at night time and deciding on the route she took that night time.
Addressing a press convention right here within the federal capital, Aurangzeb termed the motorway rape incident as “tragic” and demanded the CCPO Lahore be fired from his job in order that “an example can be made out of him”.
“CCPO Lahore should be given as severe a punishment as will be handed out to the rapists,” she mentioned. “CCPO sahab! That mother had her children with her, her protection was your responsibility!”
Cop’s feedback ‘encouragement’ to rapists
The PML-N chief criticised CCPO Sheikh for partaking in victim-blaming and questioning a rape survivor’s decisions as a substitute of specializing in his duties and investigating why authorities didn’t reply in a well timed trend.
“CCPO Lahore asked why the women stepped out at night. CCPO asked why the women went out without a driver,” she mentioned. “The lady referred to as the police for help however no authority helped.
“CCPO Lahore’s focus should have been on why the police did not come to her rescue,” she added.
Aurangzeb burdened that feedback comparable to these handed by Sheikh have been “an encouragement” to those that perpetrated such horrific crimes.
“A federal minister comes and speaks in favour of the CCPO’s statement,” she added, referring to Planning Minister Asad Umar and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior, Shahzad Akbar — each of whom defended the cop.
Akbar had defended CCPO Sheikh’s assertion, saying he noticed “an unneeded controversy was created out of the CCPO’s earlier statement”.
“I have spoken to him about it, he will tell you himself what he meant by it,” Akbar had mentioned.
Umar, then again, mentioned final night time the cop had “not said anything illegal”.
“What action should we take against the CCPO? That he did not make a good statement?” he had requested, over requires the CCPO’s elimination.
Police jurisdiction ‘confusion’
The PML-N chief additionally slammed the federal government, in addition to the authorities, for his or her silence and shifting accountability citing jurisdiction points.
“Police seem to be in confusion over jurisdiction,” she mentioned. “The entire government, as well as the prime minister, is silent on this atrocity. The government has failed to ensure the protection of the Pakistani citizens.”
Some 110 million girls demanded the elimination of CCPO Sheikh, the politician underlined, including how all blame was shifted to the gang-rape survivor.
“As long as this CCPO is in the office, women’s dignity will be not protected; he should be removed immediately,” she added, noting that terrorism clauses needs to be added to the case.
An preliminary probe into the gang-rape and contradictory statements of senior officers confirmed there was a scarcity of coordination between the Lahore Police and Motorway Police that led to a delayed response, offering criminals sufficient time to flee after committing the crime.