Imran Khan is under fire for allegedly stating that women wearing too few clothes invite rape. He denies this, and explains the context in which he said whatever he said.
However, this does pose an important question. Not the question of whether women wearing too few clothes ‘invites rape’ which of course she does not. But most people with any common sense must surely realise that the more flesh a woman reveals in public, the more attention she is going to receive.
Of course, this is perfectly natural behaviour when in a safe environment (for example with friends), but does there need to be some education in schools to make girls aware that wearing revealing clothes when walking out alone, particularly at night, is a rather dangerous thing to do?
When I see pictures of women in their mini-skirts walking across a common late at night, I do wonder what they were thinking.
Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, is facing backlash after he blamed victims of rape for wearing “very few clothes”.
The former cricket captain was questioned by the Axios journalist Jonathan Swan about the ongoing “rape epidemic” in Pakistan and responded by saying: “If a woman is wearing very few clothes it will have an impact on the man unless they are robots. It’s common sense.”
He did not elaborate on what he meant by “few clothes”, in a country where the vast majority of women wear conservative national dress. Virginity tests for female rape survivors outlawed by Pakistani court
More than a dozen women’s rights groups, including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, released a statement demanding an apology. “This is dangerously simplistic and only reinforces the common public perception that women are ‘knowing’ victims and men ‘helpless’ aggressors,” they said.
The politician Maryam Nawaz, who is the vice-president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and daughter of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said Khan was a “rape apologist” and that people who validated rape had the same mindset as the perpetrators.