Esra Bilgic slams CCPO Lahore over victim-blaming comments

Ertugrul Ghazi star Esra Bilgic has taken to Instagram criticizing Lahore CCPO Umar Sheikh for this victim blaming comments regarding the atrocious Lahore motorway rape incident that quivered people from all over the globe.

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Esra Bilgic slams CCPO Lahore over victim blaming.

Taking to her Instagram Story, the leading actress, Esra Bilgic, known for her role of Halime Sultan in the renowned Turkish television series Dirilis Ertugrul denunciated the authoritative figure for his absurd statement, backing the poor mother target.  

Few days back, Pakistan faced an extremely saddening and disturbing physical assault incident that left the whole country shuddered. Not only the citizens, some eminent showbiz stars also broke silence on the heinous accident, participating in various protests and campaigns.


However, what ignited the rage in Pakistani nation was a statement from CCPO Lahore Umer Sheikh regarding the assault victim. In his detailed interview, the inane officer had not only blamed the unfortunate mother multiple times, but also indirectly pointed fingers at independent, alone-travelling women.

In his statement on live television, the CCPO Lahore Umar Sheikh said:

I am surprised that a mother of three, a lone driver after leaving Defence should have taken the straight route from GT Road, a generally well-populated area.


His statement pulled him in hot water, as public outrage demanding the removal of Umer Sheikh surfaced.  #RemoveCCPOLahore initiated on twitter, where many celebrities like Osman Khalid Butt, Waqar Zaka, Ali Moeen, shireen Mazari etc. also joined in.

Read More: People criticize CCPO Lahore for blaming motorway rape victim

Caught up in the wave of public frenzy, the legendary Turkish actress Esra Bilgic also came forward, openly criticizing the CCPO Lahore.


In an Instagram story, Esra Bilgic posted a picture of CCPO Umer Shekih while replying to his irrational misogynistic comments saying:

Women can drive alone or with children, only thing you need to do is provide security.

Esra Bilgic continued, questioning the officer over his responsibilities as a safety provider further writing:


You’re okay with gangs’ presence on your roads as a police officer? You think that if a woman chooses those roads to drive, there is a right to rape and kill them?

Additionally, the actress concluded, pointing the ignorance of CCPO Lahore on a serious matter saying:

You’re displaying a shocking ignorance of this matter. Before you advise, you should change your thoughts. It seems impossible. What a shame on you and people like yourself.”  


Esra Bilgic and Pakistan

The awe-strikingly stunning Esra Bilgic, who flawlessly portrayed the character of Halime Sultan, garnered massive accolades from Pakistanis, with huge population entitling her their ideal personality. As the actress rose to extreme fame, many local brands like Qmobile, Jazz etc. contracted her as their ambassador. Hence, the Turkish diva is now a significant fragment in Pakistan.

Esra Bilgic.

In addition, not only Pakistanis, Esra Bilgic herself enjoys the sincere affection she has been receiving since. The starlet has been spotted supporting the country through thick and thin. From sending her deepest condolences towards the suffering families of PIA plane crash victims to wishing the blissful Eid festive, the Ertugrul central star considers the Pakistani nation like her own. Likewise, Esra opted for speaking up on a severe and monstrous matter like Lahore motorway rape incident.

Read More: Lahore motorway gang rape case suspect remanded in police custody


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