The Senate Practical Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday expressed sturdy displeasure over the absence of Lahore Capital Metropolis Police Officer (CCPO) Umer Sheikh, who just lately garnered widespread criticism over his remarks shifting the blame of the motorway gang-rape on the sufferer.
Final week, two robbers on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway had gang-raped a mom of two in entrance of her youngsters in an space falling inside the Gujjarpura police jurisdiction. The incident triggered a national outpouring of anger and introduced sexual violence in opposition to girls into nationwide focus.
The Senate human rights committee had directed the CCPO to look at its assembly immediately in individual, however Sheikh failed to take action with out notifying the physique of a purpose.
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“Has the CCPO descended from the sky?” requested committee chairman Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar. “Top officials are present here but the CCPO did not show up.”
He added that the police officer’s absence was “unacceptable”.
The committee determined to submit a privilege movement in opposition to the Lahore CCPO and issued summons to make sure the officer’s presence at its subsequent listening to.
On Monday, CCPO Sheikh had publicly apologised to the motorway gang-rape sufferer for his earlier remarks implying that she shared duty for her rape.
Following the rape, the CCPO had invited criticism when he pontificated that the sufferer had didn’t take due precautions earlier than setting off for her journey.
In line with the Lahore police chief’s logic, the lady may have prevented being on the incorrect place on the incorrect time. He mentioned she ought to have taken the extra populated GT Street to Gujranwala as a substitute of going through motorway, and that she should have checked how a lot gas her automobile had earlier than setting off.
The CCPO’s feedback had triggered a powerful response from civil society and human rights activists, who condemned the assertion and referred to as for his elimination from workplace. He was subsequently issued a show-cause discover over his remarks by the Punjab Inspector Normal of Police Inam Ghani.
‘No administrative failure’
Throughout the assembly, the chairperson of the Nationwide Freeway Authority (NHA) briefed the committee on the rape.
Officers of the communications ministry informed Senators that the incident “did not take place on the motorway” however on one other street managed by the NHA.
Inspector Normal (IG) Nationwide Highways and Motorway Police Dr Syed Kaleem Imam knowledgeable the committee that the sufferer had referred to as the Motorway Police helpline at 02:01am after her automobile ran out of gas. The decision was obtained by an operator named Abid, who was informed by the lady about her scenario.
The operator informed the lady that her location didn’t fall inside the Motorway Police’s jurisdiction and after the decision knowledgeable the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) about her scenario in a convention name, in response to IG Imam.
“Who was responsible for the incident?” the committee members requested IG Imam, who responded that the street was managed by the federal authorities and overseen by the NHA.
He mentioned Motorway Police is deployed to a street after its building is accomplished and the place Motorway Police is absent, the policing duty lies with the native police.
Committee members additional inquired who was liable for the sufferer not receiving well timed assist.
“The woman talked very normally during the call and did not inform about her children,” IG Imam mentioned, including that there was “no administrative failure” that resulted within the incident.
Whereas the prime suspect of the gang-rape, Abid Malhi, stays at massive, an anti-terrorism court docket on Tuesday despatched one other member of his alleged gang, Shafqat Ali, to jail on judicial remand for 14 days. Police additionally arrested a ‘third suspect’, recognized as Iqbal alias Bala, on the data supplied by co-suspect Shafqat throughout interrogation.
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A senior police official mentioned though Iqbal was indirectly concerned within the rape case, being an energetic member of the gang he may disclose attainable hideouts of the important thing suspect and gang chief, Abid.