Crime & Justice

Police arrest main accused in rape case that caused outrage in Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 12 (efe-epa).- The police on Monday reported the arrested of the main accused in the gang rape of a woman in front of her children in a case that sparked outrage across Pakistan.

The crime had occurred last month when the vehicle in which the victim was traveling ran out of fuel, leaving her stranded on the road with her children.

The main suspect “has been arrested. Insha-Allah (God willing) (he) will be punished according to law,” Shahbaz Gill, special assistant to prime minister on political communication, posted on Twitter.

The arrest was made by the police in the city of Faisalabad, in Punjab province, where the crime took place.

The accused “was living there and in disguise, but the police arrested him with the help of latest technology. He is being shifted to Lahore,” a police official from Lahore, who asked not to be named, told EFE.

The other accused in the gang rape is already under arrest, the official added.

The other suspect was arrested last month after his DNA had matched with the traces found after the crime.

The rape occurred on the night of on Sep.9 on the Lahore-Sheikhupura Road in Punjab, where the woman was stranded after her car ran out of gas.

The assailants took advantage of the situation and assaulted and raped the woman in front of her children before robbing her.

The incident soon caused widespread outrage across Pakistan. The situation further aggravated after a senior police officer of Lahore – the capital of Punjab -, Umer Sheikh, appeared on television and, after condemning the crime, questioned how the woman’s family had allowed her to go out at night.

“No one in our society should allow our sisters and daughters traveling alone so late,” Sheikh said, according to the local newspaper The Express Tribune.

In the following days, hundreds of people, mostly women, took to the streets in different cities of the country to protest against what they described as patriarchal violence against women.

The protesters, among other things, called for the authorities to ensure justice in cases of abuses, with effective investigations and rapid judicial processes, and police accountability instead of blaming women based on common “myths.” EFE-EPA

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