‘Women can drive alone, only thing you need to do is provide security,” said the actor in her lengthy note
Lahore’s Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh became the talk of the town after his highly controversial remarks about the survivor of gang rape on the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway on September 9, with several opposition lawmakers demanding his removal from the post.
The CCPO drew trenchant criticism from almost every quarters after he pontificated that the survivor had failed to take due precautions before setting out for her journey, in remarks to a private TV channel. “What surprises me is that, being a mother of three (young) children and the only driver (unaccompanied by an adult male), why would she not take the GT Road that has population around it? If nothing else, she should have checked her fuel…,” he said.
He was subsequently called out for victim-blaming with several netizens demanding his removal from the post. The celebrity fraternity also took notice of the ill-timed comments and criticised the victim-blaming mindset in the country.
And just yesterday, days after the CCPO’s statements, Diriliş: Ertuğrul famed Turkish actor Esra Bilgiç also called out Sheikh for blaming the survivor instead of apologising for not having been able to ensure her safety.