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Twitter Slams Pakistan PM Imran Khan For Blaming Women ‘Dressed Immodestly’ for Rape Surge

Deeply conservative Pakistan often views victims of sexual abuse with suspicion, with much of the country abiding by an “honour” code of traditional justice, where women who bring “shame” on their family can be subjected to violence or murder.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has triggered a backlash after blaming surging rapes cases in the country on women’s choice of dress. 

Appearing in a weekend interview on live television, Khan acknowledged that incidents of rape of women had “actually very rapidly increased in society,” suggesting this was the consequence in any society where “vulgarity is on the rise,” AFP cites him as saying.

The former international cricketer and captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team advised women to cover up to prevent temptation.

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