Angry girls Opposition parliamentarians in Pakistan have criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan over his controversial assertion on women’s dressing, amidst rising instances of rapes within the nation.
In a latest interview on HBO aired on Axios” web site Khan was requested if he thought what girls put on has any impact on the temptation that leads to rapes, the Prime Minister replied, “If a woman is wearing very few clothes it will have an impact, it will have an impact on the men, unless they are robots. I mean it is common sense.”
Apparently shocked by Khan’s response, interviewer Jonathan Swan rephrased his query, “But is it really going to provoke acts of sexual violence?”
Maintaining his stance, the 68-year-old flamboyant cricketer-turned-politician went on to elaborate, “It depends on which society you live in.”
He added that: “If in a society people haven’t seen that sort of thing, it will have an impact [on them]. Growing up in a society like yours, maybe it won’t impact you. This cultural imperialism Whatever is in our culture must be acceptable to everyone else.”
Reactions on Imran Khan’s statement
Criticising the Khan’s controversial remarks, Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman tweeted that, “Whether it’s our laws or even our religion, which is very clear that respect for women is the responsibility of the beholder, no man has the right to blame women or how they dress, for violence, rape and crimes against women. Shocked that our PM is doing this.”
“Does IK [Imran Khan] not know that by saying women should dress a certain way, he is giving oppressors and criminals against women a new narrative to justify their behaviour. There is NO justification for a prime minister to talk this way. Highly irresponsible and condemnable,” she said in another tweet.
Sindh Minister for Women Development Shehla Raza said Prime Minister Khan should focus on the issues being faced by the country instead of “keeping an eye on the women”.
The provincial minister mentioned Khan shouldn’t have mentioned this whereas sitting on the seat of the prime minister of the nation, the Dawn newspaper reported.
“The world got an insight into a mindset of a sick, misogynistic, degenerate & derelict IK. It’s not women’s choices that lead to sexual assault rather the choices of men who choose to engage in this despicable and vile CRIME,” Pakistan Muslim League-(Nawaz) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb in a tweet.
“Maybe the misogynist, degenerate can defend paedophiles and murderers, as he advocates for rapist, after all men cannot be expected to control temptation. Just FYI Mr degenerate, self-control is a little thing upon which Allah places a great premium,” she added.
Stung by the indignant response to Khan’s controversial comments, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) fielded outstanding get together girls leaders to defend the prime minister.
Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul and PTI lawmakers Maleeka Ali Bokhari and Kanwal Shauzab held a press convention on Tuesday to inform everybody they misinterpreted Khan’s comments.
The PTI-led authorities mobilised girls for the primary time in Pakistan, she was quoted as saying by Geo News.
“A woman like me became a member of Parliament from a tribal area,” she mentioned, including that there are 5 girls within the Cabinet for the primary time.
She described Khan as a “symbol of women’s empowerment”.
“We are strong women and we have been strengthened by our leader Imran Khan,” Bokhari mentioned.
Shauzab mentioned she believes that in case you are amongst those that are “fighting” in opposition to the premier’s assertion in his interview, then you’re “disagreeing with the orders of Allah”.
She went on to say that Prime Minister Khan explained the commands of Allah concerning girls.
During the HBO interview, Khan was additionally requested about his earlier comments about temptation, women’s dressing and males’s “willpower” — and how he was accused of rape victim blaming.
Khan, brushing it off as nonsense, said the concept of purdah is to avoid temptation in society.
“We haven’t got discos right here, we do not have nightclubs, so it’s a utterly completely different society, lifestyle right here, so in case you elevate temptation in society to the purpose and all these younger guys have nowhere to go, it has penalties within the society,” Khan mentioned.
There are not less than 11 rape instances reported in Pakistan each day with over 22,000 rape instances reported to police throughout the nation within the final six years, in accordance to official statistics reported by the Pakistani media.
However, solely 77 accused have been convicted which comprise 0.3 per cent of the overall determine, The News International reported in November final yr.