“I am not safe in my country Pakistan”; says Ayesha Omar

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KARACHI: The motorway rape incident in Pakistan has sparked a conversation on women’s safety and celebrities are also asking some important questions.

Ayesha Omar

In a post on the micro-blogging platform Twitter, Bulbulay star Ayesha Omar posed the question as to what a woman was to do in case she didn’t have a choice but to step out of her house when it was late?”What if she or someone in her family needed medical help?” Omar asks.

And goes on to add: “I can walk on the streets at 1 am in other parts of the world and feel completely safe but just not in my own country Pakistan, even inside a car.”

The tweet was in reference to the motorway rape case and came hours after CCPO Lahore Umer Shaikh came under fire for his comments, where the latter said that the woman should not have been travelling on her own late at night. The officer had also made assertions that our societies did not allow women to travel alone at night and that this was to ensure women’s own safety.

The officer, who is leading the investigation of the case, is being criticised for using language that tantamounts to victim-blaming.