After coming beneath hearth for his feedback on rape, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated on Wednesday acknowledged that that he would “by no means say such a silly factor” the place a rape sufferer is “in some way accountable” for the crime dedicated in opposition to them.
In an interview with PBS Information Hour, PM Imran Khan was requested about his feedback indicating that an individual who’s raped is in some way answerable for the crime.
“Anybody who commits rape, solely and solely that individual is accountable. So let’s be clear about that. Irrespective of how provocative the girl is or no matter she wears, the one who commits rape is absolutely accountable. By no means is the sufferer accountable,” stated PM Khan as quickly as he was requested the query.
The premier advised Judy Woodruff, the interviewer, that his feedback have been “intentionally” taken “utterly” out of context.
“They have been merely speaking about Pakistan society the place we’re having a pointy rise in intercourse crimes,” defined the premier. He additionally stated intercourse crimes don’t solely embody ladies.
“Greater than rape, there are youngster abuse [cases] that are going by means of the roof, so my feedback have been in that context,” stated PM Khan.
The premier acknowledged that he used the phrase “pardah”, including that the phrase doesn’t simply imply garments or is restricted to ladies solely. He stated that “pardah” can be for males and means to “convey down temptation in a society”.
“And I’ve to say as a result of I do know all of the interviews I’ve given. By no means would I say such a silly factor the place an individual who’s raped is in some way accountable. It’s all the time the rapist that’s accountable,” stated PM Khan.
‘Pakistani ladies handled with extra respect than elsewhere’
Woodruff additionally questioned the PM on whether or not the significance of Islam in Pakistan stops him from taking a stronger stance for ladies.
“Completely not. Islam offers dignity [and] respect to ladies,” the PM stated to her query. He added that after touring all around the world, he discovered that in Muslim international locations, ladies are handled with extra respect.
“In Pakistan, even in different Muslim international locations I’ve seen, ladies [are] handled with much more respect and given extra dignity,” stated PM Khan.
‘Rape minuscule in Pakistan in comparison with West’
When speaking about respect to ladies, the PM admitted that there are “odd instances” however defined that such a scenario was “in all places on this planet”.
“However you have a look at the scenario in Pakistan even now, I imply have a look at the rape instances right here, in comparison with Western international locations, they’re minuscule,” stated the PM.
The premier admitted that there are points in Pakistan however linked them to “cultural issues”. He then went on to say that such cultural issues exist in each nation and are resolved with cultural evolution.
“So far as a ladies’s dignity and respect goes, I can say after going all around the world, this [Pakistani] society offers extra respect and dignity to ladies,” concluded PM Imran.
PM’s controversial remarks
Final month, after an interview with with Axios’s Johnathan Swan, PM Imran Khan’s got here beneath hearth for his remarks to the rising instances of sexual violence in Pakistan.
The prime minister spoke over an array of points in the course of the interview, starting from navy bases; the Afghan peace course of, and Pakistan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nonetheless, the prime minister’s remarks on temptation and girls’s dressing went viral on social media.
Referring to the prime minister’s earlier remarks on vulgarity that triggered a backlash on social media, Swan requested:
“On growing vulgarity, you stated it’ll have penalties, and also you have been accused of rape victim-blaming. How do you reply to that?”
In response, the prime minister defended the criticism in opposition to himself, saying “it’s such nonsense”.
“I by no means stated veils– this was by no means stated. I stated the idea of pardah is [to] keep away from temptation in society. We do not have discos right here, we do not have nightclubs,” he stated.
“So this can be a utterly totally different society, a lifestyle right here. So, for those who elevate temptation within the society to the purpose, and all these younger guys have nowhere to go, it has penalties on the society,” he added.
“Do you suppose what ladies put on — that, that is a part of any temptation?” requested Swan.
“If a girl is sporting only a few garments, it’ll have an effect on males,” responded PM Imran Khan. “Except they’re robots. I imply, it is common sense.”
“Sure, however will it actually provoke acts of sexual violence?” requested Swan.
“It relies upon which society you reside in,” answered PM Imran Khan. “If in a society, individuals have not seen that form of a factor, it’ll have an effect on them,” he added.