Twitterati frantic with disappointment as PM Khan’s comments on harassment irk netizens [VIDEO]
Here's what he said.
Will the victim-blaming culture in Pakistan ever come to an end? According to official statistics, at least 11 rape cases are reported in Pakistan every day. Approximately, 22,000 rape cases have been reported to the police across the country in the last six years; however, only 77 accused have been convicted.
Ever wondered why victims never achieve justice? Because it always comes down to what the woman was wearing when she was sexually abused.
In most cases, hope for a rape survivor is already standing on thin ice. However, this hope declines further when the authorities and figures (they look up to) also point at the victims to take corrective actions. PM Imran Khan has also become part of this disappointing crowd now.
During a recent interview with HBO Axios, Prime Minister Imran Khan said:
If a woman is wearing very few clothes it will have an impact on men unless they are robots.
The confused host rephrased his question and asked:
But is it really going to provoke acts of sexual violence?
Maintaining his stance, PM Imran Khan proceeded to elaborate:
It depends on which society you live in. 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.
The premier’s interview with Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios aired on the 20th of June. As soon as the video hit the internet, social media went into turmoil. What made the reactions worse was the fact that PM Imran Khan’s remarks on how women dress came right after another wave of sexual violence in Pakistan.
Here is how the netizens are reacting to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s victim-blaming statement:
Disappointing and frankly sickening to see PM Imran Khan repeat his victim blaming regarding reasons for sexual violence in Pakistan
Men are not “robots”, he says. If they see women in skimpy clothes, they will get “tempted” and some will resort to rape
— Reema Omer (@reema_omer) June 20, 2021
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) June 21, 2021
To matlab bachay bhi aurton ke kapron kee wajah se rape ho rahay hain?
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) June 21, 2021
Only 3 days after a child was raped by a cleric, Imran Khan chooses to blame "few clothes" worn by women for rape culture.
Its not a slip of tongue. Such victim blaming is a consistent position held by IK since the motorway incident last year. Our PM is a rape apologist.
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) June 21, 2021
By this logic, the children in madrissas must have the most provocative dressing for them to get abused, molested and raped by the 'religious figures' who aren't robots hence their monstrous acts being justified by our PM. Wow. https://t.co/YlaqNjreOE
— None of your business (@sadusertweets) June 21, 2021
That's cause men are incapable of decency according to our PM.
Decency can only be expected of robots..
— Hiba (@Hibaah_yar) June 21, 2021
Pakistanis are now wondering how will women ever achieve justice if the figure leading the country also has the victim-blaming mindset. If it were really about the clothes the victim was wearing, what about the 30-year-old Mukhtaran bibi wearing traditional Pakistani attire, what about the 13-year-old Kainat Soomro wearing her school uniform, and what about the 7-year-old Zainab Ansari who did not even know how to dress herself up properly?
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