ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Lawyers Council (PBC), Pakistani Human Rights Commission (HRCP) and women’s rights forums on Tuesday condemned Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent statements on the causes of sexual violence and rape, calling them “factually inaccurate, insensitive and” dangerous “.
In a statement, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said it was appalled by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements linking the occurrence of rape to profanity.
“This is unacceptable behavior by a public leader,” the body said in a statement.
“Not only does this reveal a startling ignorance of where, why, and how rape takes place, but it also blames rape survivors, which the government must know can range from young children to victims of honor crimes.”
“We demand an immediate apology and renewed commitment from the government to fight rape as it should – as an act of violence, of power,” the statement added.
In their declarations, various women’s rights forums mentioned in his most recent and others previously made, the Prime Minister had actively promoted and promoted rape culture and rape apologia. In a country where overall reported rape cases are only the tip of the iceberg, such statements result in sexual violence survivors being further traumatized and silenced by blaming them rather than those who commit the crime, and system that enables rapists, they said.
They urged the Prime Minister to apologize and refrain from making such statements, which has adversely affected all survivors of sexual violence.
They said rape is never the victim or survivor’s fault, and it rests solely with the rapist and the system that empowers the rapist, including a culture promoted by statements like that of the prime minister.
They urged the Prime Minister to read the rulings of the Lahore Supreme Court and the Pakistani Supreme Court to gain an understanding of the issue of rape and sexual assault.
The Women’s Action Forums of Hyderabad, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, War Against Rape, Karachi, Journalist Defense Committee of the Pakistani Bar Council, War Against Rape Lahore, Tehreek-e-Niswaan, Aurat March Lahore, Legal Aid Cell Asma Jahangir, Institution for Research, Advocacy and Development (IRADA and Defense of Human Rights) were of paramount importance among the organizations agitating against the Prime Minister’s declaration.