Anger over the attack on a woman who broke down on a motorway outside Lahore was further exacerbated when a senior police officer blamed the victim for showing her the way of choice.
Police said on Thursday that they arrested 12 suspects for questioning during an extensive operation.
The woman, with her two children, was on her way to Gujranwala when she was forced to stop at Gurjarpura section of the motorway after refueling with her car at around 1:30 pm.
He called relatives for help, but before they could arrive, the two robbers approached the car, smashed windows and pulled him and his children from the vehicle.
The attackers also carried jewelery, bank cards and £ 466 in cash.
A senior police officer in Lahore incited further condemnation when he appeared to blame the victim. Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Omar Sheikh questioned why the woman had taken that route and why she did not check her fuel tank.
His comments were condemned by Human Rights Minister Shirin Mazari.
“An officer accused a woman of gang rape to effectively convict her that she should take him to Grand Trunk Road, or question why she went out at night with her children and she Has raised the issue. ” said. “Nothing can ever rationalize the crime of rape. Bus.”
Punjab Police Inspector General Inam Ghani claimed that by Thursday night, the authorities had identified the village of the culprits.
Opposition leaders attacked what they called a government breakdown in law and order.
“This is a case of national embarrassment and evidence of a completely broken legal system,” said Shahbaz Sharif, the opposition leader in the national assembly.
Gang rape is rare in Pakistan, although sexual harassment and violence against women is not uncommon. Every year around 1,000 women in Pakistan are killed in so-called “honor killings” for violating conservative norms on love and marriage.