Criticising Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s recent comments on women’s clothing and rape, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday said that linking women’s clothing to rape reflects the criminal mindset of the PM, adding that his words would only encourage the perpetrators.

She further questioned if the young children who were sexually abused were also molested due to their clothes.

“[He is] a person who validates rape and holds the victim responsible. Pakistan needs to be rid of this mindset of rape apologists,” she said. The PML-N leader went on to question whether Zainab’s rape and the motorway incident were a consequence of what the victims were wearing.


Maryam said the prime minister “should be ashamed over such a statement”. She added that through his remarks in the interview, the PM had “insulted rape victims”.