Pakistani women share their ages, dresses they were wearing when they first experienced harassment
Here's what women have to share
Prime Minister Imran Khan has been facing a torrent of criticism after blaming a surge in sexual violence on women wearing “very few clothes” because men are not “robots.”
During his recent interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios HBO, the PM said, “If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it’ll have an impact on the men, unless they are robots. It is just common sense.”
In Pakistan, the burden of molestation and harassment often falls on the victim and their clothes, not the harasser.
Pakistani women have been taking to Twitter to talk about what they were wearing when harassed, and none of it constitutes “little clothes.”
Here is what they have to say:
Shalwar kameez with scarf on my head and Quran in my hand. I was 10
— Hunza (@__feministt) June 21, 2021
Me and my friends in 2004…always wore this type of dressing to uni…still harassed pic.twitter.com/dfclVuHAli
— Attiya Akram (@akram_attiya) June 21, 2021
I was 4 years old wearing trousers and a top, 28 wearing a shalwar kameez , 31 wearing a baggy long t-shirt and trackies while on my evening walk. Oh and not forgetting the gazillion times been groped and harassed at all ages while pretty much all covered 🤔
— Mehreen Khokhar (@Mehreen1188) June 21, 2021
I was 4 and I was wearing my eid shalwar kameez. I was 24 wearing normal shalwar kameez dupatta n was inside my bedroom in a lecturers hostel. I was 39 and was wearing a long shirt n pants with a shawl to avoid freezing. It happened in a hotel lobby.
— Nafeesa Mushtaq (@nafeesaM9) June 21, 2021
9/10 was wearing shalwar kameez, was travelling to lhr by bus with mom when this jerk kept sliding his hand through the bus seat back
— Ayesha (@ayishaikon) June 21, 2021
I was 7 . In one of many instances, it was a dress similar to this, full length on a prepubescent body. pic.twitter.com/M4nf8aJ2ji
— Faryal Niazi 🇨🇦 (@FNiazi31) June 21, 2021
I was catcalled in the most lecherous way by a car full of men in F-10 Isb, with my parents sitting two feet away in an outdoor restaurant. I was wearing a loose shalwar kameez with a huge shawl and had stepped away to take a call.
— Ayesha Shahid (@ayesha_shahid12) June 21, 2021
in college ppl would whistle and try their Persian lang skills on me cz they thought i’m from afghanistan.
in this same burqa been harassed on numerous occasions.
even in lab in islamabad while on family way a person sat next to me and when i got up he said ary “miss”bura man gai pic.twitter.com/qWYSvltFIH
— NJ (@mujhykya) June 21, 2021
10/10 in shalwar kameez with dupatta. Additionally once in my white coat while on duty at the hospital.
— Tirti (@ghumoclock) June 21, 2021
In a chaadar, fully covered head to toe, attending a RELIGIOUS PROCESSION.
— Samia Naqvi (@mairaaj_f) June 21, 2021
Frock/trouser (age 7), kamez/shalwar/dupatta (age 12,15), burqa (age 15,16,19)
— mayoos meena (@rosabibi_surkh) June 22, 2021
An abaya, A FREAKING ABAYA. On top of that it happened during tawaf in FRONT OF THE KAABA. The man was obviously a Pakistani because he had a bag that had the Pakistani flag on it. I was 11.
— ~khadija⁷ |🇵🇸 (@khadijaaaa____) June 22, 2021
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