Pakistan PM Imran Khan links rapes to how women dress; ex-wife says 'onus on men'

While blaming ‘vulgarity’ for the rise in cases of sexual violence in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the ‘pardah’ system is meant to ‘keep temptation in check’.

File photo of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (Photo Credits: AP)


  • Imran Khan said incidences of rape and sexual violence are spreading ‘like cancer’
  • Visited UK in ’70s when ‘sex, drugs and rock n roll’ culture was taking off: Pakistan PM
  • Imran Khan also defended Turkish drama Ertugrul playing in Pakistan

Vulgarity is to blame for the rise in cases of sexual violence in Pakistan, Imran Khan was quoted as saying. The Prime Minister of Pakistan made the remark while responding to grievances on Sunday.

Asked by a caller what his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government plans to do about sexual violence against women and children, Imran Khan said that there are some fights that cannot be won by laws alone.

Societies must protect themselves against “fahashi” (vulgarity), Pakistani news outlet Geo News quoted him as saying. He went on to say that the incidents of rape and sexual violence that are reported in the media are merely one per cent of the crimes of such nature that take place.

Incidences of rape and sexual violence are spreading “like cancer” in society, the Prime Minister of Pakistan added.

Imran Khan also blamed “vulgarity in the society” behind divorce rates going up “by as much as 70 per cent”.

Reacting to Imran Khan’s remarks, his former spouse Jemima Goldsmith took to Twitter to quote a verse from the Quran that says, “Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts.”

“The onus is on men,” said Jemima Goldsmith.

‘Pardah intended to keep temptation in check’

The Prime Minister of Pakistan also recalled his visit to the UK in the ’70s to play cricket. The “sex, drugs and rock n roll” culture was taking off in the UK at the time, he said.

Going even further, the cricketer-turned-politician said the concept of ‘pardah’ in Islam is intended to “keep temptation in check”.

There are many people who cannot keep their willpower in check, the Prime Minister of Pakistan said adding, “It had to manifest itself in one way or the other”.

Imran Khan defends Turkish drama

Interestingly, Imran Khan also defended the Turkish drama Ertugrul showing in Pakistan.

One of the reasons the government of Pakistan decided to bring the show to the country was because it does not contain any material that is controversial or immoral, he said.

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