Pakistani Cricketer-turned-Prime Minister Imran Khan is known for making headlines due to the ever-going controversies and he again made a statement which brought him back in the headlines. In a recent interview Imran Khan blamed women’s clothing as the reason behind rapes and sexual violence.
What comment did Imran make?
In an interview with ‘Axios on HBO’, Imran Khan said that-
“If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the men, unless they are robots. It’s just common sense”, this is cultural imperialism. Whatever is acceptable in our culture must be acceptable everywhere else.”
Imran Khan’s remarks led to an outrage on social media, with Opposition leaders and journalists criticising him.
Check the interview here
This is the interview
Earlier, PTI spokespersons argued the PM never attributed women’s dress to sexual violence but was speaking generally about pardah for both men and women
Here the PM leaves no room for any doubt (or spin)
A pity the outcry earlier had no impact on him pic.twitter.com/bHCBmFxvyv
— Reema Omer (@reema_omer) June 21, 2021
The comment sparked a massive outrage
Imran Khan’s comments in the interview have caused a massive outrage on social media, with opposition leaders and journalists expressing anger and disgust against the misogynistic ideology. Netizens started tweeting about Imran and called him out to apologize for his comment on air.
Imran have made this type of comment in the past too
This is not the first time he has done anything like this, back in April, Imran Khan had blamed “obscenity” for the rise in sexual violence cases in Pakistan during a live television interview and advised women to cover up to prevent temptation.
In the interview he has said that-
“This entire concept of purdah is to avoid temptation. Not everyone has the willpower to avoid it.”
Citizens in Islamabad reacted to this situation
Hundreds of people mobilised demanding an apology from him for his views and held a protest in Islamabad. The protestors criticised Khan for what they called “victim-blaming” and demanded an apology for the comment.
Imran Khan’s remarks led to an unstoppable outrage on social media, with Opposition leaders and journalists constantly criticising him for his views on rape and sexual violence scenario.
Some trending tweets for this case
Here are some trending tweets on this matter, Reema Omer, a legal advisor with the International Commission of Jurists; expressed disappointment after Khan reiterated his stance in victim-blaming in cases of sexual violence.
In the tweet Omer said that-
“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.”
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
Another user tweeted replying to Reema
This is not the first time our Prime Minister has made such insensitive, ignorant & incorrect remarks on sexual violence/rape.
For the PM to have such a warped understanding of the causes of sexual violence is embarassing, problematic & simply not acceptable. https://t.co/6xqy3xsqxh
— Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir (@ImaanZHazir) June 21, 2021
In a country where cases of sexual assault are not reported, and victims do not come out for the fear of being blamed, it is so sad to see that our Prime Minister, Imran Khan is promoting rape culture by propagating dangerous rape myths.#AxiosOnHBO
"Our PM" @ImranKhanPTI pic.twitter.com/AM1Dl0vx3H
— Ekramah Muhammad (@ekramahmuhammad) June 21, 2021
However, Dr. Arslan Khalid, a devoted person to the PM on digital media, called the replies to the tweet “selective and out of context tweeting”.
Dr. Arslan Khalid wrote it in a tweet that, “Again selective and out of context tweeting of what he actually said by subtracting the part where he talked about what kind of society we live in and about the sexual frustration in the society.”
Check his tweet here
Again selective and out of context tweeting of what he actually said by subtracting the part where he talked about what kind of society we live in and abt the sexual frustration in the society. https://t.co/zuFw0mZ3WB
— Dr Arslan Khalid (@arslankhalid_m) June 20, 2021
Conviction rate in Pakistan for rapes
Official data revealed by Pakistan reveals that at least 11 cases of rape are reported in the country every 24 hours. As many as 22,000 such cases have been reported to the police over the last six years. However, the conviction rate of rape convicts in Pakistan is an abysmal 0.3%.
Last year, in December, Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi approved the Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020 to set up special courts to try cases of sexual abuse of women and children. The legislation mandates legal proceedings in such cases to be completed within four months.