Thursday, April 8 2021

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We condemn the recent remarks made by the Prime Minister of Pakistan on the causes of sexual violence and rape as being factually incorrect, insensitive and dangerous. Through this statement, and others made prior to this, the Prime Minister has actively fostered and promoted rape culture and rape apologia… Repeated statements by the Prime Minister, unfortunately, reveal that he is a rape apologist.

That’s from a statement put out by a number of human rights organisations, prominent activists and feminists—which condemned remarks made by Imran Khan in a television interview. He said sexual violence was a result of "increasing obscenity,” and that women in Pakistan should cover up because: "This entire concept of purdah is to avoid temptation, not everyone has the willpower to avoid it." Yup, rape apologist is exactly right!

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