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Pakistan: Protests continue over the police handling of a shocking rape case

Yesterday, Saturday, several Pakistani cities witnessed protests for the second day due to the method of investigating the crime of gang rape of a mother who was traveling with her two children on a highway, at a time when the police said they were looking for the perpetrators

Inam Ghani, Inspector General of Punjab province, where the accident occurred, told reporters last night that the police had identified the two suspects through DNA analysis, and added, “I hope we will reach them and arrest them very soon.”

But the protesters refused and called for the dismissal of Omar Sheikh, the chief police investigator in charge of the case, who repeatedly referred to what he saw as mistakes made by the victim herself, and also said that she seemed to believe Pakistan was as safe as France, “the country in which she resides.”

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Islamabad, and some were waving the French flag, while others raised banners reading “Execute the rapists.”

Hundreds of mostly women have also gathered in Lahore, Karachi and even in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

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