Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has blamed how women dress for a rise in rape cases. In a weekend interview on live television, Oxford-educated cricket-turned-politician Khan said an increase in rapes indicated the “consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise”.
He advised women to cover up to prevent ‘temptation’.
“This entire concept of purdah ((covering up or gender segregation) is to avoid temptation, not everyone has the willpower to avoid it,” he said.
As per a report –
“The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent rights watchdog, on Tuesday said it was appalled by the Pakistani PM comments. Hundreds of Pakistani citizens have signed an online statement calling Khan’s comments “factually incorrect, insensitive and dangerous”.
“Fault rests solely with the rapist and the system that enables the rapist, including a culture fostered by statements such as those made by [Khan],” the statement said.
“Not only does this betray a baffling ignorance of where, why and how rape occurs, but it also lays the blame on rape survivors, who, as the government must know, can range from young children to victims of honour crimes,” it said.
Nationwide protests erupted last year when a police chief admonished a gang-rape victim for driving at night without a male companion. The Franco-Pakistani mother was assaulted in front of her children on the side of a motorway after her car ran out of fuel.
Last year, Khan was criticised after another television appearance where he failed to challenge a Muslim leader’s insistence that coronavirus had been unleashed because of the wrongdoings of women.
..In his weekend TV appearance, Khan also blamed divorce rates in Britain on the “sex, drugs and rock and roll” culture that began in the 1970s, when the twice-divorced Khan was gaining a reputation in London as a “playboy”.”
For the record, the Allah-fearing Imran Khan has had two divorces, and is currently married to his ‘spiritual metor’, the veil-wearing Bushra Bibi. What Khan has said about ‘uncovered’ women ‘tempting’ men, is the same regressive rhetoric maulanas routinely spout to justify the hijab, niqab and burqa.
A twitter thread by a Pakistani research consultant shows how Imran Khan and others like him are completely wrong about the sexual violence problem in Islamic Pakistan –
“In Sept 2020, I had to sit through a torturous hearing of a 20 yr old woman raped repeatedly by her own blood father for 8 years in Karachi East District and Sessions Court. Pray tell more, how rape is about sexual desires of men towards children, that too their own.
In Oct’20, met a 16yr old girl in KHI city courts, fighting a case against her maulvi saheb (came home to enlighten her younger brother on the message of peace). She was raped and impregnated by him at 15 – had a 6 month old son. Pray tell- how one is aroused when teaching Quran to a minor?
The more I think about it, the more it hurts. Not a SINGLE one of the 41 rape victims and families I have met over the past year belonged to a monthly household income category above 30k PKR. Not a SINGLE girl I met was without a chaadar (covering cloth). Not a SINGLE girl.
Also witnessed the hearing of a woman who was raped by a man who chose to not use his genitalia, rather chose to use a bulb. Imagine the trauma associated with an everyday household object. Pray tell- how he couldn’t keep it in his pants?
I have witnessed the judiciary downright REFUSING to accept a rape victim’s accusation because she was too “dirty”, too “dark skinned” for a man to be aroused enough to rape her. Ffs, men do NOT rape because of temptation. Stop feeding into this highly problematic narrative.”
Lutyens’ liberals are big fans of the ‘dashing and handsome’ Pakistani PM, just as they were of the back-stabbing dictator Pervez Musharaff. So while they take umbrage over a BJP CM who expresses his dislike for fashion fads like ‘torn jeans’, they are completely silent on this medieval and misogynistic mindset revealed by Imran Khan, which mirrors what another much-cheered Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi has said.
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