Khan faced a backlash for arguing that the rise in rape cases shows ‘the consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise’.
Pakistani women activists and rights activists accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of “incomprehensible ignorance” after the politician blamed women’s dress for increasing rape cases. .
In a weekend interview on live television, Khan, who trained at Oxford said the rise in rape cases shows “the consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise”.
“Rape of women … [have] it really increases very quickly in society, ”he said.
He advised women to cover up so they wouldn’t be tempted.
“The whole concept is to avoid temptation, not everyone has the will to avoid it,” he says, using a term that could imply casual dress or sexism.
Hundreds of people signed a statement that went viral online Wednesday, calling Khan’s comments “factually inaccurate, insensitive and dangerous”.
“The mistake is only about the rapist and the system that allows the rapist, including a culture that is nurtured by statements such as those given by the rapist. [Khan], ”The statement said.
The Pakistan Human Rights Commission, an independent human rights watchdog, said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by the comments.
“This not only betrays a puzzled lack of understanding about where, why, and how rape occurs, but also blames rape survivors, who the government must know,” It can range from young children to victims of honorable crimes, “it said. .
Pakistan is a deeply conservative country where victims of sexual abuse are often viewed with suspicion and criminal charges are rarely seriously investigated.
Much of the country lives by the rule of “honor”, where women who carry the “shame” at home can experience violence or murder.
It is regularly ranked among the worst places in the world for gender equality.
National protests erupted last year when a police chief warned a victim of gang rape for driving at night without a male companion. The French mother of Pakistani origin is was assaulted in front of her children on the highway after her car ran out of fuel.
Last year, Khan was criticized after a television appearance where he failed to challenge a Muslim leader’s insistence that the coronavirus was liberated for women’s misconduct.
The latest controversy occurred as organizers of the International Women’s Day marched to fight what they called campaign coordinated false information against them, including repaired images and videos circulated online.
It has led to blasphemy allegations – an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan, where previous allegations have led to mobs attacking people.
Organizers of the annual protest have called for the prime minister to intervene.
During his weekend TV appearance, Khan also blamed the divorce rate in the UK on the ‘sex, drugs and rock and roll’ culture that began in the 1970s, when Khan twice. Divorce is famous in London as a “player”.