Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements always gather eyeballs because of the controversial choice of words. Some time ago, he had made a statement regarding vulgar content on the media and people had reacted quite harshly to it. Today PM Imran Khan is the highlight for making statement that seem to make him a rape apologist.
PM Imran Khan and his recent statement
On the interview with HBO, he said that if women wear few clothes, there will be an impact on men. Well, that is understandable because if good looking men wear revealing and fitted clothes, women will also be attracted to them. But then the PM went on and said the problematic statement. When the interviewer asked that does the PM think that the dresses of women lead to sexual violence (aka rape), he replies that it depends on the socity. The statement implied that in our society it does.
‘If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the men unless they're robots, it’s common sense, it depends which society you live in, if people haven’t seen that sort of things it will have an impact on them,’ PM Imran Khan says. pic.twitter.com/LbADIC2HBN
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) June 21, 2021
People react to the PM
People were horrified and disappointed at this statement. Bloggers, celebrities, famous people in general made sure to express their emotions in hopes that at least the masses will not form the opinion same as the Prime minister.
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
Everyone said that it is an individual’s capability, having control. yes, they may have feelings for the other gender, but they do have the ability of control; it is not like they are born without it.
for those of you who use religion to their own advantage and defend Imran Khan, here you go pic.twitter.com/p0jBjTkCdQ
— abeer (@digi8l) June 21, 2021
Soul Sisters’ Admin Kanwal Ahmed also documented her statement about the PM’s statement.
Imran Khan’s words are not a slip of a tongue or an ‘opinion by an uncle in a drawing room’. It is a public, dangerous threat to the women of our country where they are informed that rape and assault is their own fault. And that their own PM stands with rapists.
— Kanwal Ahmed (@kanwalful) June 21, 2021
Acha? Qasam kha ker batao kay koi parday Wali aurat harass nahi hui. Jhootay, makaar logo. https://t.co/rV7oRhcenf
— Armeena 🦋 (@ArmeenaRK) June 20, 2021
Obi aka Osman Khalid Butt explained it well. He said attraction, desire, temptation is normal because yes, men are not robots. However, rape is not about emotions, it is about power, dominance, and lack ofempathy.
Of course men aren't robots. Yes, there is desire, temptation, attraction.
Rape isn't caused by this. Rape is about power. Dominance, a complete lack of empathy, hostility. It diminishes a woman – or a man, or a child – to a sexual object. It is dehumanizing.
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 21, 2021
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