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“If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on man”: Pakistan PM Imran Khan blames women’s attire for provoking sexual violence

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Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan drew criticism after he once again blamed a rise in the cases of sexual violence on how women dress in the country. In an interview with ‘Axios on HBO’ the PM said “If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on men, unless they are robots. It’s just common sense,” he further added “This is cultural Imperialism. Whatever is acceptable in our culture, must be acceptable everywhere else. It’s not.”

Imran Khan’s comments in the interview have caused a massive outrage on social media, with opposition leaders and journalists expressing anger and disgust against the misogynistic ideology.

One of the Twitter user Anaya Khan, tweeted with the video of the interview saying “Imran Khan is r*pe apologist and hates women,”

“Disappointing and frankly sickening to see PM Imran Khan repeat his victim-blaming regarding reasons for sexual violence in Pakistan,” tweeted Reema Omer, Legal Advisor, South Asia, International Commission of Jurists.

Imran Khan’s remarks come months after the cricketer-turned-politician said vulgarity was to blame for the rise in cases of sexual violence in Pakistan. As many as 11 rape incidents are reported in Pakistan every day in November 2020, with over 22,000 cases reported in the last six years.

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