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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Ex-Wife, Others Hit Back After Rape Remark: Onus Is On Men

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Pakistan rights campaigners accused Imran Khan of “baffling ignorance”. (File)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ex-wife was amongst a number of of these at present who joined in slamming the PM after he blamed how girls costume for an increase in rape circumstances.

In a weekend interview on stay tv, Mr Khan had mentioned that a rise in rapes indicated the “consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise”.

“The incidents of rape of women… (have) actually very rapidly increased in society,” he mentioned and suggested girls to cowl as much as stop temptation.

British filmmaker Jemima Goldsmith, who was married to Mr Khan from 1995 to 2004, shared a report with the PM’s remarks on Twitter and wrote: “‘Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts.’ Quran 24:31. The onus is on men.”

Her tweet has been shared and favored by 1000’s, who joined her in condemning the Pakistani PM.

However, she added: “I’m hoping this is a misquote/ mistranslation. The Imran I knew used to say, ‘Put a veil on the man’s eyes not on the woman.'”

During the stay telecast, Mr Khan had mentioned: “This entire concept of purdah is to avoid temptation, not everyone has the willpower to avoid it,” he mentioned, utilizing a time period that may confer with modest costume or the segregation of the sexes.

Soon, Pakistan rights campaigners accused the PM of “baffling ignorance”. Hundreds have signed a press release circulating on-line calling his feedback “factually incorrect, insensitive and dangerous”.

“Fault rests solely with the rapist and the system that enables the rapist, including a culture fostered by statements such as those made by (Khan),” the assertion mentioned.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an impartial rights watchdog, mentioned it was “appalled” by the feedback.

The Pak PM additionally talked about India throughout his interview and mentioned that when Bollywood began adopting Hollywood, the identical scenario developed there. “Delhi is known as the rape capital,” he added.

He additionally blamed divorce charges in Britain on the “sex, drugs and rock and roll” tradition that started within the 1970s.

Pakistan recurrently ranks among the many worst locations on the planet for gender equality. Nationwide protests erupted final yr when a police chief admonished a gang-rape sufferer for driving at night time with no male companion.

(With inputs from AFP)

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