Public Demands PM Khan Apologize For Problematic Victim-Blaming Statement on Sexual Crimes

During the PM’s televised Q&A, one caller asked about the rampancy of sexual abuse in the country

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Prime Minister Imran Khan made a problematic statement in a recent interaction with the public and Netizens called for an apology. In a Q&A with Prime Minister Imran Khan, he blamed ‘fahashi’ [obscenity] for the rise in sexual crimes against women and children in the country.

The security of a citizen is the responsibility of the state. The public wants their elected government to resolve the lack of security for women and children, not point at a scapegoat.

With a list of ‘accusations’ victims of sexual violence are subjected to, already being too long, the PM further fortified victim-blaming on the list.


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During the PM’s televised Q&A, one caller asked about child sexual abuse running rampant. At first, Imran Khan acknowledged the rise in sexual crimes against women and children. Even explaining how passing laws cannot do much if people do not report such crimes and utilize the law.

The Prime Minister then linked the rise of vulgarity in the country to the mounting sexual aggresion that surfaces as sexual crimes.

“Humare deen mein kyun mana kiya gaya hai? Ye sara jo parday ka concept hai, yeh kya hai? Ke temptation na ho maashray mein. Har insaan mein will power nahi hota. [The reason why our religion stresses on covering up your body and maintaining modesty is to avoid any such temptation. Not everyone has the willpower to avoid it].”

“Our ordinance is quite strict, but it cannot compete alone. Society as a whole must fight. Some wars are won by society.”

But then his explanation as to why these crimes happened ended up being very problematic.

 

Sexual Crimes & Society

Sexual crimes run rampant when it is known that the predators can operate with impunity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the major factors increasing the risk of rape are ‘attitudes and beliefs, as well as behavior arising from situations and social conditions that provide opportunities and support for abuse‘.

Victim-shaming is an example of beliefs that support abuse and provide opportunities for rape. This takes the responsibility of the crime off the rapist and places the blame on the victim.

As for pedophilia, it is a mental disorder. Consequences do not deter pedophiles, as their brains operate differently from an average healthy individual.

 

Public Demands an Apology

The public did not appreciate the PM resorting to victim shaming to explain why sexual violence is on the rise. This is another example of how society needs to change its attitude to curb sexual crimes.

 

The public suggested that the PM ought to do his research rather than pander ‘desi theories’.

 

People are demanding that PM Imran Khan apologize for the problematic statement.

 

 

Manifesting victim-blaming in a telethon with the people of the nation is not only deeply disturbing but also concerning. The premier endorsed the mentality of equating rape with a lack of modesty. Should the government not protect women regardless of their choices?


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It is pertinent to mention that in the past the PM was slammed for blaming ‘fahashi’ for the high divorce rates in the West, and how Pakistan is seeing a similar curve. People were quick to point out how women in the West have more freedom and better protection than women in Pakistan, therefore making divorce easier.

Just recently a the Lahore High Court (LHC) told a woman seeking a divorce from her abusive husband to reconcile for the sake of her kids.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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