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

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan courted controversy after he made a statement linking how women dress to the rise in cases of rape and sexual violence in the country.

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.

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".

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.

Vulgarity to blame for rise in cases of sexual violence: Imran Khan

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.

Vulgarity is to blame for the rise in cases of sexual violence in Pakistan, Imran Khan was quoted as saying.

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".

Conviction rate of 0.3% in rape cases

In December of last year, Pakistan's President Arif Alvi had approved the Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020 to set up special courts to try cases of sexual abuse of women and children. The legislation mandates legal proceedings in such cases to be completed within four months.

Official data released by Pakistan reveals that at least 11 cases of rape are reported in the country every 24 hours. As many as 22,000 such cases have been reported to the police over the last six years.

However, the conviction rate of rape convicts in Pakistan is an abysmal 0.3 per cent.

Imran Khan defends Turkish drama

Interestingly, Imran Khan also defended the Turkish drama Ertugrul showing in Pakistan during his interaction with callers on Sunday.

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.