KARACHI: A shocking incident has disturbed all of Pakistan. A woman was gang-raped by two men when she was driving her children from Lahore to Gujranwala on the motorway. According to the police official, two armed men found the woman alone, took her and her children to a nearby field at gunpoint and gang-raped her.
The victim’s vehicle had broken down due to a lack of fuel. She had called her relative and sent her location. When he reached the location, he found the woman terrified with her clothes stained with blood, reports Dawn.
The incident has sent shock waves throughout the country. The uproar went up a notch after the CCPO blamed the victim herself for the ordeal she went through.
Tahira Abdullah, a voice that has stood against misogyny on several occasions, appeared on Samaa TV and gave a befitting evaluation of the whole incident and how society does not see problematic behaviors as a big deal until things get out of control because of its misogynistic tendencies. She also called out the negligence on the part of the police and its audacity of victim-blaming:
Several prominent celebrities chimed in to seek support for the victims of rape and harassment through their tweets and Instagram posts.
Osman Khalid Butt brings to notice the negligence of the motorway police and demands a thorough investigation on the matter over the fact that the victim tried to seek help and dialed the motorway helpline when her car broke down:
Feroze Khan demands Imran Khan to take swift action and publicly execute the culprits:
However, Mahira Khan noted how hanging the culprits will not make much difference until we reflect on what enables these crimes.
Feminist organizations such as Aurat March have banded together with several others to show solidarity with the recent victims of rape from various parts of Pakistan. Protests are taking place across the country.