Women lawmakers term PM’s statement on women’s dresses irresponsible

By: News Desk      Published: 06:56 PM, 21 Jun, 2021
Women lawmakers term PM’s statement on women’s dresses irresponsible

The woman parliamentarians have termed the statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan on women’s dress irresponsible and condemnable, reported 24News HD TV channel on Monday. 

In a tweet, PPP Senior Leader Senator Sherry Rehman condemned IK’s statement regarding the dress of women. Her tweet reads, "Whether it’s our laws or even our religion, which is very clear that respect for women is the responsibility of the beholder, no man has the right to blame women or how they dress, for violence, rape and crimes against women. Shocked that our PM is doing this.

Does IK not know that by saying women should dress a certain way, he is giving oppressors and criminals against women a new narrative to justify their behavior. There is NO justification for a prime minister to talk this way. Highly irresponsible and condemnable."

Sindh Minister for Women Development Shehla Raza has said Imran Khan should think about the issues facing by the country instead of keeping an eye on the women. Shehla Raza and other women PMs of the Sindh Assembly reacted to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comment about women’s dresses in an interview with foreign media.  Shehla Raza said that Imran Khan should not have said this while sitting on the seat of the prime minister of the country. 

During the interview, interviewer Jonathan Swan has asked if the PM thinks what women wear has any effect on the temptation that leads to rapes, Khan says, “If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on the men, unless they’re robots. I mean it is common sense.”

Swan rephrases his question, “But is it really going to provoke acts of sexual violence?” Imran Khan replied, “It depends on which society you live in."

He added, “If in a society people haven’t seen that sort of thing, it will have an impact. Growing up in a society like yours, maybe it won’t impact you. This cultural imperialism… Whatever is in our culture must be acceptable to everyone else."