Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that ladies should be held responsible for any form of sexual abuse against them.
In an interview with Axios’ journalist Jonathan Swan on HBO, which aired on June 20, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the man unless they are robots. It’s common sense.”
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, has come under fire once again for statements blaming women dressing for the country’s escalating sexual violence.
“This is cultural imperialism. Whatever is acceptable in our culture, must be accepted everywhere else. It’s not,” he added.
Earlier this year, in an interview with Geo News, Khan had made similar comments, stating that sexual violence was a product of ‘obscenity,’ which he described as a Western import.
The comments made by Imran Khan in the interview sparked widespread uproar on social media, with opposition leaders and journalists voicing their displeasure with the misogynistic worldview.
Khan’s stance on victim-blaming in cases of sexual violence was met with disappointment by Reema Omer, a legal expert with the International Commission of Jurists.
“Disappointing and frankly sickening to see PM Imran Khan repeat his victim-blaming regarding reasons for sexual violence in Pakistan,” she tweeted.
“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