Pakistan PM Imran Khan has received harsh criticism after he reiterated that a rise in sexual assault cases in the country was linked to how women dress.
In an interview with ‘Axios on HBO’ Imran stated, “If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the men, unless they are robots. It’s just common sense.”
This gained massive momentum as several Opposition leaders and journalists started criticizing him.
In an attempt to defend the PM, Dr Arslan Khalid, focal person to the PM on digital media, called the tweets criticising Imran, “selective and out of context tweeting“.
Imran Khan’s remarks come a month after the 68-year-old politician said vulgarity was to blame for the rise in cases of sexual violence in Pakistan.
In an interview on live television, PM Imran Khan said, “This entire concept of purdah is to avoid temptation. Not everyone has the willpower to avoid it.”
The Pakistani leader was responding to a question about the steps taken by his government to prevent rape and sexual assault cases.
Following his comments in April, hundreds of people had signed a statement demanding an apology from Khan for his regressive views.
By Ankita Mohanty