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Saturday Sep 12 2020
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Country-wide protests held to demand stern action against culprits of Lahore motorway gang rape

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People carry signs against a gang rape that occurred along a highway and to condemn violence against women and girls, during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan September 12, 2020. — Reuters

Citizens from across the country took to the streets on Saturday, calling for stern action against those involved in the Lahore-Sialkot motorway gang-rape.

The demands of the citizens varied from exemplary punishment to the perpetrators to the removal of Lahore Central City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh for his victim-blaming comments.


The protesters from the capital's civil society said that the suspects should be awarded maximum punishment in accordance with the law.

The protesters held several placards with messages such as "We demand justice".

PPP Secretary-General Nayyar Bukhari and Senator Rubina Khalid were a part of the protest as well.

"The motorway incident was extremely unfortunate," Bukhari said.


A protest against the tragic incident was also held in Punjab's capital, at the city's famous Liberty Market.

Several politicians, including, PPP's Aitzaz Ahsan and Samina Khalid Ghurki, were standing in solidarity with the protesters and the victim.

"The motorway tragedy is a horrible incident," Ahsan said, adding that the attitude demonstrated by Lahore police chief Umar Sheikh was "shameful".

"It seems like the CCPO cannot protect women, children, and the elderly," he added.


Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami's women's wing, protesting in Rawalpindi, demanded that the culprits of the gang-rape case be "hanged" for their crimes.

The protesters held placards and banners during the demonstration.

The government officials should come out of their houses and ensure the security and safety of women, they demanded.

The protesters lamented that no institution was ready "to accept the responsibility" for the tragic incident.


Home Based Women Workers Federation along with other organisations protesting in Karachi outside Karachi Press Club demanded stern action against the criminals involved.

"Those involved in the incident should be brought to justice immediately," protesters including women, men, and children, demanded.

The group also sang Iqbal Bano's "Hum dekhein ge".

There were loud chants calling for the removal of the Lahore CCPO.

Additionally, fiery speeches highlighting the role of women in society and their struggle for obtaining their rights were delivered.


The civil society of Peshawar, protesting outside the city's press club, demanded that women be given protection and security.