The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday said that it was appalled by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent remarks in which he linked the incidence of rape to obscenity while suggesting that purdah would contain the problem.
“Not only does this betray a baffling ignorance of where, why and how rape occurs, but it also lays the blame on rape survivors, who, as the government must know, can range from young children to victims of honour crimes,” the HRCP said in a statement issued on Twitter.
The HRCP further stated that this was unacceptable behaviour on the part of a public leader. “We demand an immediate apology and renewed commitment on the government’s part to tackling rape as it should – as an act of violence of power,” the statement added.
Earlier, the PM held a telephonic session on Sunday to answers the queries of people, however, responding to the question about what steps had been taken by his government to prevent rape and child abuse, he remarked that sexual violence was a product of ‘obscenity’’. He further described it as a Western and an Indian import.
The PM also mentioned religion, especially the concept of purdah which he said could prevent temptations from society as according to him “not everyone has willpower”.
Social media also reacted to the premier’s remarks which received mixed responses from PM Khan’s critics to followers.