Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday took notice of the Lahore motorway rape case and the rape-and-murder of a 5-year-old girl in Karachi, urging authorities to take strict action against the culprits.
A tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office said that PM Imran had taken “strict notice” of the incidents, stating that protection of women is the government’s top priority and responsibility.
The prime minister has sought reports on the two incidents from the relevant IGs and urged the government to make existing laws effective to provide protection to women and children.
Earlier today, the newly appointed Inspector-General of Punjab Police Inam Ghani claimed that police have secured “evidence” that will lead them to the culprits in the disturbing motorway rape and robbery case.
متعلقہ آئی جی صاحبان سے ان واقعات کی رپورٹ طلبواقعے میں ملوث افراد کو جلد از جلد قانون کی گرفت میں لانے اور قرار واقعی سزا دلوانے کا حکموزیر اعظم کی معصوم بچوں اور خواتین سے زیادتی کے واقعات کے تدارک کے حوالے سے قوانین کو مزید موثر بنانے کے لئے اقدامات کرنے کی ہدایت
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) September 10, 2020
“We have done great work so far in the motorway rape case. We have located the village from which the suspects were from.
He also shared that 20 police teams were working on the case and are being overseen by a deputy inspector-general.
Ghani shared that the victim of the heinous crime had provided ages and other identifying features of the suspects.
“Right now, we have a very good clue which will lead us to the suspects directly. However, we cannot share it with the media yet,” Ghani said.
He also shared that police have obtained the complete voter list and record from the National Database & Registration Authority of the area where the suspects are believed to have hailed from.
The Punjab police chief shared that they have narrowed down the list suspects to 70 people who fall in the same age bracket as the rapists and who have a past criminal record.
He added that police teams were tracking down the people who fit the profile.
Police also carried out geofencing in the area where the incident occurred and are awaiting the report.
IG Ghani said that the woman’s children, who were forced to witness the horrific crime, were now with their family, who have been assured that they will be provided all kinds of support. He said the victims of the attack would be in a much better state when the suspects are arrested.