PTI govt condemns the split statements about purdah

 PTI govt condemns the split statements about purdah

PTI condemns the split statements about purdah

ISLAMABAD, 24 June: Pakistani women are offended after Prime Minister(PM) Imran Khan linked the rise in cases of sexual violence to how women dress purdah.

PM Imran is facing criticism against him on social media for his recent comments linking the way a woman dresses to a man’s temptation.

Official page of PTI on Instagram has released a video clip of PM Khan’s interview with Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios.

“If a woman is wearing very few clothes it will have an impact, it will have an impact on the men unless they’re robots. I mean it’s common sense,” PM Khan had said when asked if what women wear has any effect on a man’s temptation.

He had brushed off accusations against him of rape victim blaming as “nonsense” and said the concept of purdah is to avoid temptation in society.

“We don’t have discos here, we don’t have nightclubs, so it is a completely different society, way of life here, so if you raise temptation in society to the point and all these young guys have nowhere to go, it has consequences in the society,” PM Khan had said.

Here is what the men are saying:

The comments have not gone down well with Pakistani men either, who have also expressed their anger on social media.

‘A damning indictment’

Actor Osman Khalid Butt said that if the prime minister’s remarks were not “a damning indictment of our society I don’t know what is”, adding that “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.”

Stop humanising rapists’

Activist Jibran Nasir asked the prime minister to stop humanising rapists, abusers and harassers.

“You may not realise it but when you repeatedly stress upon the clothes of a woman as a cause for temptation leading to sexual violence you do exactly that,” he wrote on Twitter.

‘Proud to be a robot’

Editor Talat Aslam wrote on Twitter that he was proud to be a robot in response to the prime minister.

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