Prime Minister Imran Khan became the theme of debate after he blamed ‘fahashi‘ (vulgarity) as the root cause of the intensification in rape cases and sexual ferocity in Pakistan. In a recent collaborating session with the public, a caller asked the premier about the steps his government plans on taking to confront the increase in the cases of sexual violence.
PM Imran shared how the rise in vulgarity seems to be related to the sexual aggression in society. “Aaj jis maashray mein aap fahashi barhatay jayen, toh koi tou us ka asar hoga na. (In any society where vulgarity is prevalent, there are consequences),” he shared. “Humare deen mein kyun mana kiya gaya hai? Ye sara jo parday ka concept hai, yeh kya hai? Ke temptation na ho maashray mein. Har insaan mein will power nahi hota. (The reason why our religion stresses on covering up your body and maintaining modesty is to avoid any such temptation. Not everyone has the determination to evade it).”
Soon after his comments, there was a chaos on social media. Many called out the premier for his ‘insensitive’ statements.
Earlier, in an interview with a local TV channel, PM Imran had alleged that there was a rapid spread of ‘indecency’ in the world. “We have an advantage over other developed countries in the world. We have a family system that has not been touched by indecent influences. Look at Bollywood, look at the difference in their films now and those 40 years back. The indecency has grown to such exponential levels that Delhi has become the rape capital of the world,” he had commented.