Men are not robots, ladies wearing small cloths impact them: Imran Khan's defence of sexual violence

Edited By: Nikhil Pandey WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Jun 21, 2021, 04:24 PM(IST)

Imran Khan Photograph:( Reuters )

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In an interview with Axios’ journalist Jonathan Swan on HBO, which aired on June 20, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the man unless they are robots. It’s common sense.”

Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister, has come under fire once again for statements blaming women dressing for the country's escalating sexual violence. 

In an interview with 'Axios on HBO', the Pakistan PM said: "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”.

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"This is cultural imperialism. Whatever is acceptable in our culture, must be accepted everywhere else. It's not," he added.

"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,”.
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Earlier this year, in an interview with Geo News, Khan had made similar comments, stating that sexual violence was a product of ‘obscenity,’ which he described as a Western import.

The comments made by Imran Khan in the interview sparked widespread uproar on social media, with opposition leaders and journalists voicing their displeasure with the misogynistic worldview.

Khan's stance on victim-blaming in cases of sexual violence was met with disappointment by Reema Omer, a legal expert with the International Commission of Jurists. 

"Disappointing and frankly sickening to see PM Imran Khan repeat his victim-blaming regarding reasons for sexual violence in Pakistan," she tweeted.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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