This is not the first time that PM Khan made comments on women’s dressing and the “temptation” it causes.
Prime Minister’s statement about the incidents of obscenity and sexual abuse in the country in an interview with the American channel earlier this week has met with strong reactions from social media users.
Responding to the latest comments Goldsmith retweeted an old post on the microblogging platform with a caption, “And again. Sigh.”
In the old tweet, she had recalled an incident she encountered in Saudi Arabia.
Jemima wrote that she met an elderly Saudi woman, fully covered, who was complaining about being “followed and harassed” by young men.
The woman, she said, was wearing an abaya and a niqab, and “the only way to get rid of them [young men] was to take her face covering off.”
“The problem is not how women dress,” she had tweeted in April.
And again. Sigh. https://t.co/RFSC7543lm
— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) June 22, 2021
Check out PM Imran Khan’s statement on women’s dressing
Renowned journalist Johnathan Swan of HBO Axios, during a recent interview, asked PM Khan:
“On increasing vulgarity, you said it will have consequences, and you were accused of rape victim-blaming. How do you respond to that?”
In response, the prime minister defended the criticism against him, saying “it is such nonsense”.
“I never said veils — this was never said. I said the concept of pardah is [to] avoid temptation in society. We don’t have discos here, we don’t have nightclubs,” he said.
“So this is a completely different society, a way of life here. So, if you raise temptation in the society to the point, and all these young guys have nowhere to go, it has consequences on the society,” he added.
“Do you think what women wear — that, that’s part of any temptation?” asked Swan.
“If a woman is wearing very few clothes, it will have an impact on men,” responded PM Khan. “Unless they’re robots. I mean, it’s common sense.”
“Yes, but will it really provoke acts of sexual violence?” questioned Swan.
“It depends which society you live in,” answered PM Imran Khan.
“If in a society, people haven’t seen that sort of a thing, it will have an impact on them,” PM added.