Lahore’s prime cop points apology for victim-blaming remark in rape case

Lahore’s Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), Mohammad Umar Sheikh, stated: “I apologise to my sister who was subjected to the gang-rape, as well as my sisters, brothers, and all strata of the society.” Geo News/through The News

LAHORE: The metropolis’s prime cop on Monday issued a public apology for his seemingly insensitive assertion — whereby he engaged in victim-blaming — in a motorway gang-rape case that has shook your entire nation and sparked protests throughout Pakistan.

“I neither had any ill-intention nor did I imply anything wrong,” Lahore’s Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), Mohammad Umar Sheikh, stated in a public apology issued after a gathering with Punjab Governor Mohammad Sarwar.

“I apologise if my statement has hurt or offended anyone,” the town’s prime cop stated. “I apologise to my sister who was subjected to the gang-rape, as well as my sisters, brothers, and all strata of the society.”

‘No manner the sufferer might be blamed’

CCPO Sheikh had earlier blamed the survivor of the Sept 9 gang-rape incident for selecting the route she drove via, saying she ought to have checked her petrol tank earlier than getting on the stated route. His feedback causes furor throughout the nation, with many demanding he be fired and questioning how anybody might belief such males to deal with delicate circumstances of sexual violence.

“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 stated.

The inspector-general (IG) of police for Punjab, Inam Ghani, had on the weekend refused to defend Sheikh;s victim-blaming feedback, stressing that in “no way the victim can be blamed for the horrific event”.

“The guard cannot tell the owner of the house to protect their belongings themselves,” Ghani had stated.

‘Unneeded controversy’ of CCPO’s feedback

Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat, too, had termed the CCPO’s assertion “inappropriate”, sustaining that neither authorised nor agreed with regardless of the CCPO had stated earlier.

While the federal authorities had conveyed its objections to the Lahore CCPO, Planning Minister Asad Umar and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior, Shahzad Akbar each defended the cop, with the latter 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 stated. He additionally defined that the cop was “conveyed objections of [the federal government] on his remarks yesterday”.

“It is [the] responsibility of all govt functionaries esp police to ensure safety for all,” the adviser had stated on Twitter.

Comments have been ‘inappropriate’

Umar, however, had stated Sheikh didn’t say “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 removing.

A written clarification had been sought from the CCPO, with a warning issued to him “against making such remarks in the future”, Akbar had stated, including that the police officer’s feedback have been “inappropriate” and that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had sought a written clarification from him.

Earlier immediately, the Lahore High Court additionally took up the matter, saying your entire federal Cabinet ought to apologise for Sheikh’s ‘victim-blaming’ feedback.

The metropolis’s prime courtroom in a seething assertion Monday requested: “What form of investigation is that this the place the CCPO is saying the sufferer is flawed?

‘Strict motion to reassure this nation’s daughters’

“A lot of ministers issued distasteful statements,” LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan stated, questioning if it was “an investigation or a drama”.

“What action has been taken on the CCPO’s comments,” he requested, to which the federal government’s lawyer stated the matter was “being investigated”.

“Are you saying the CCPO’s comments are being investigated,” the choose requested, to which the lawyer responded: “No, the entire matter.”

“There should have been strict action to reassure this nation’s daughters,” Justice Khan stated, including that everybody concerned needs to be referred to as to the courtroom.

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