The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has demanded an apology by the Prime Minister, Imran Khan for the comments he made about the increasing rape cases.
The PPP Parliamentarians Secretary Information, Shazia Marri said in a statement that “The PPP demands an apology from Imran Khan for his statement which had hurt people in Pakistan and around the world as his statement is not only condemnable but has also caused us great embarrassment at the international level”.
Moreover, the PPP chairperson, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has also stepped forward and termed the PM’s statement as “irresponsible and insensitive”.
Earlier, on Sunday, Imran Khan responded public calls, however a caller questioned him about what measures the government is taking to prevent the rape cases and sexual violence.
In response to the question, PM said that government cannot prevent it alone, people should join in as well,
According to the PM, the whole concept of pardah (or covering up, or modesty) in Islam has a purpose to it which is to “keep temptation in check”.
Furthermore, he advised the nation to refrain themselves from ‘Fahashi’ (vulgarity).
The PM’s statement brought him criticism and backlash for blaming the women dressing.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by the comments.
“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,” it said.
Pakistan is a deeply conservative country where victims of sexual abuse are often viewed with suspicion and criminal complaints are rarely seriously investigated.