Protests have broken out in cities across Pakistan after a police chief investigating the gang rape of a woman on a major national highway on Thursday, appeared to blame the victim for travelling late at night without a male companion. So far, the police has arrested 15 people in connection with the incident and identified two suspects.
Many public figures immediately took to social media to demand prompt justice with some voicing their support for public execution for the perpetrators. Among the most recent celebrities to voice her support for the woman and the many women and children that are violated on a daily basis is actor Sanam Saeed.
Taking to social media last night, Saeed shared a tweet by PTI's official page, reiterating what the Chief Minister Punjab had said in response to the CCPO's statement in a press conference.
The tweet read, "CCPO's statement was irrelevant and irresponsible. IG Punjab has issued show cause notice to CCPO and asked him to respond within seven days. After that suitable action will be taken. Chief Minister Punjab Usman A Buzdar in his press conference on the motorway incident."
With respect to this Saeed wrote, "Now, implement sensitivity training please and tell us how you are going to take more steps to keep us safe." She went on to urge the government to not let background checks surface after a tragic incident had taken place. "Pakistan needs a National Sex Offenders’ Register," she pointed out.
Now.. Implement sensitivity trainning please.. Tell us how you are going to take more steps to keep us safe. Don't let back ground checks surface after tragic incidents take place. Pakistan needs a NATIONAL SEX OFFENDERS REGISTER.@PTIofficial#motorwaycase#CCPOLahore https://t.co/YDl4Es3V6R— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) September 13, 2020
On Sunday afternoon, Saeed had re-tweeted a post reiterating how Junaid Hafeez, a full bright scholar was given a death sentence and kept in solitary confinement over charges of blasphemy while Abid Ali, the suspect in the motorway incident roams freely despite having been charged with rape previously as well.
"Why? Why does the system fail us? Why do rapists roam freely?" questioned Saeed.
Following this, she had also questioned the priorities of the state amid the uproar. "Yes! Where are our priorities? Why is it not crystal clear which issues are top priority?"
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