Prime minister Imran Khan’s comments on rape and violence against women has sparked a debate upon the reasons behind such actions and how society can tackle crime against women and children, including rape.
Sharing his thoughts on the subject, Adnan Siddiqui said: “How about men who lack ‘willpower or strength’ camouflaging their orthodox, patriarchal ideas instead of guiding women on their sartorial choices?”
“Vulgarity isn’t few metres of clothes but deep-seated bigotry that wants to shackle women,” he added.
PM Khan’s former wife, Jemima Goldsmith who earlier schooled him on the topic, said that the “onus is on men”. She has also come forward to share her personal experience to make her point clearer.
“I remember years ago being in Saudi Arabia and an elderly woman in an abaya and niqab was lamenting the fact that when she went out she was followed and harassed by young men,” said Jemima.
“The only way to get rid of them was to take her face covering OFF,” said Jemima further, asserting: “The problem is not how women dress.”
Osman Khalid Butt has also voiced his opinion on the matter saying, “Fix the the laws, Police the streets; make them safe”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the government said that misperceptions are being created about PM Khan’s comment regarding the incidence of rape in the country.
The spokesperson said that while expressing deep concern about it, the Prime Minister spoke about the societal responses and the need to put our efforts together to eliminate the menace of rape completely. Unfortunately, part of his comment, consciously or unconsciously, has been distorted to mean something that he never intended.
“The Prime Minister said that our strict anti-rape laws alone will not be able to stem the rise in sex crime. The whole society has to fight it together,” the statement added further.
“Prime Minister emphasised a holistic solution with the society and the stringent legal remedies, which are already in place, working together to eliminate the scourge. Plucking a line out of the statement would always distort the perspective and would not serve the narrative of the actual comment.”
“Prime Minister Imran Khan remains fully committed to utilise all avenues at the government’s disposal to tackle the incidence of rape. He believes that all of us have a role to play in the fight and hoped that we would do so,” concluded the statement.
On the other hand, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is being lauded for saying: “It’s not a woman who should have to change the way they live their lives, it’s men who need to change.”
Sadiq Khan’s comments came after the kidnap and murder of a young woman in the United Kingdom.