The suspect, Abid Malhi, was arrested late on Monday, a Manuwadi who had been running for a month. He was produced in court in the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday and sent to jail for two weeks pending further police investigation. A week after the September attack, the second attacker, Shafaqat Ali, was arrested.
Police previously said the woman had locked the doors of her car when she ran out of fuel on the road in Punjab province, where Lahore’s capital is, and she dialed in for help. But two armed men broke the window of a car and pulled him out, where he raped her.
The attack shocked Pakistan and galvanized women rights activists – notably Omar Sheikh, a senior police officer from Punjab, blamed the victim for being alone in the car with his two children and running out of fuel.
The incident threw scores of protesters into the streets in several cities including Islamabad and Karachi, calling for an attack on women.
Sheikh’s remarks led to her removal by women rights activists. But Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government refused to dismiss or condemn the officer.
“This is the mentality in Pakistan,” activist Tahira Abdullah said.
He said: “Many times I have heard this from many men, and why did he travel so late? Why was she on the motorway? Why didn’t he check petrol? Why wasn’t there a man with him? I will never let my wife, my sister, my mother be alone. ”
Abdullah says that Pakistani women and girls are facing violent conflicts from the traditional male-dominated society of the country. Around 1,000 women are killed every year in Pakistan in so-called “honor killings” for violating conservative norms on love and marriage.
“It doesn’t matter to the political party – right, left, center, military, civilian. It is just anti-women, ”she said. “With the increasing education of girls and young women and the awareness and awakening of girls and women, men are now beginning to feel fear and fear of losing their authority, control and power.”
There have been several brutal attacks on women and girls in Pakistan in recent months, most recently the rape and murder of a 2-year-old girl in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province who was taken outside her home where she was playing.
Abdullah said, “We have regained … We are going from worse to worse.”
Last month, 25-year-old journalist and activist Shaheena Shaheen was killed in a shooting in southwestern Balochistan province, in which police blamed her husband.
More than 150 Pakistani women journalists signed a petition last month complaining of verbal attacks and sexist rhetoric on social media, many of those associated with Khan’s government, according to the petition.
According to Pakistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, two teenage girls were murdered in the rugged border region of Waziristan in April, after a teenager video surfaced on social media.
“The archaic – and fatal – assumptions that ‘honor’ resides in the bodies and actions of women that still prevails in Pakistan, and it will take far longer than laws to effect a change when the ‘honor’ of crime Action is continuing against the culprits. ” Said in a recent statement. The patriarchy that perpetuates “accidental patriarchy” is the same patriarchy used to justify, support, and perpetuate the killings of ‘honor’. Neither is acceptable. ”
Two major institutions – the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo – have ranked Pakistan as one of the four worst countries in the world to be a woman, ahead of only Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen. .
Abdullah said rights activists would hand over a charter of demands to the government, including a renewed call for the dismissal of Officer Sheikh.
“We are not forgetting that. We are going to keep it. Abdullah said, we are going to try tirelessly.