CCPO Lahore berated by senate panel for blaming victim of motorway gang-rape again

Lahore Capital City Police Officer Umar Sheikh, while speaking to the Senate human rights panel again laid the blame on the Motorway gang-rape victim. During the hearing, the CCPO was berated by the panel for expressing his “presumption” that the incident took place because the victim “was travelling late at night without her husband’s permission”.

On Monday, Sheikh was summoned by the committee to provide a briefing on the progress of the case that sparked outrage across the country and also exposed the lack of security on a key route. Members of the committee asked him if the victim had said that the incident took place because she was travelling late at night, at which Sheikh said that it was his assumption.

When the committee reprimanded him for giving his “personal opinions” instead of stating facts of the case, Sheikh backtracked and said that “he had been told that the victim had left late at night because she had to talk to her husband on video call”.

Source: Dawn