PM Imran Under Fire For Linking Rape To How Women Dress — Again
Prime Minister Imran Khan is being criticised on social media for once again linking rape and sexual violence to how women dress.
In an interview with Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios which aired at 3 AM PST on Monday, the PM said: “If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the men, unless they are robots.”
When the host asked him if women’s dressing would ‘really provoke acts of sexual violence’, Imran Khan went on to say that it depends on the society one lives in. “If in a society people haven’t seen that sort of thing, it will have an impact on them,” he said adding, “If you grow up like a society like you, maybe it won’t [have an impact]. on you.”
He further said that expecting people in conservative societies to accept what is acceptable in Western culture is a form of cultural imperialism.
The prime minister’s comments led to widespread criticism, with people lamenting that the PM chose to engage in rape apologia just a day after a cleric was arrested for sexually abusing a minor student inside a seminary in Lahore.
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
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
Awami workers party strongly condemns the statement on rape by PM Imran Khan regarding sexual violence and rape. Rape has nothing to do with a woman’s clothing and has everything to do with patriarchy and abuse of power by men. It’s used as a tool to control women.
— Awami Workers Party (@AwamiWorkers) June 21, 2021
This is not the first time Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued controversial remarks about rape and sexual violence. In April, the PM had said that rape and child abuse is the result of obscenity and vulgarity in the society, adding that Islam condemns vulgarity because it creates temptation. “Not everyone has the willpower to resist temptation,” he stated while answering a caller’s question during a televised question/answer session with the public.