Human Rights Activists demand apology from PM Khan over rape ‘victim blaming’ comment
The protestors were holding posters and placards listed with their demand for an apology.
Human Rights Activists and Civil Society Members gathered outside the National Press Club in Islamabad to protest against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comment blaming “vulgarity” in society for sexual violence and rape.
The protestors criticized the Prime Minister for what they called “victim-blaming” and demanded an apology for the remark he made during a question and answer session with the public. It all started when a caller asked the PM to suggest a solution to growing child abuse cases in the country.
The protestors were holding posters and placards listed with their demand for an apology and said that such statements would encourage rapists.
One of the protestors said, “We can consider this an opinion when a common person says such a thing, but if a state head makes such judgment, it becomes a policy statement. We cannot ignore such a statement that puts the burden of such crimes on women’s dressing. It is a dangerous statement for women who work in offices, fields, and industries.”
Speaking to the media, Women Rights Activist Tahira Abdullah said, “If women’s dressing is the reason, then why do dead women, children, and animals get raped in our society.”
Tahira demanded that the Prime Minister must take his words back and apologize to the nation.
The Former Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and MNA, Shaista Pervaiz Malik, said that the PM needed a reality check and to analyze the bigger picture of our societal structure before saying anything.
In an open letter to Khan, the MNA said, “Prime Minister Imran Khan’s narrative linking women’s dressing to sexual violence has sent ripples across the region. His statement has, unfortunately, perpetuated the existing negative mindset rather than alleviating the issue. It verifies the vulnerability of women and girls instead of giving respect and protection to them.”
Shaista Malik urged the PM to “read this loud and clear that women and girls are unsafe while within four walls as well as within full ‘Purdah.’ They are the most vulnerable target for sexual violence, merely based on their gender. Otherwise, how do you account for a four or six-month-old baby girl being molested, raped, and murdered?”
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