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A Robot in Front of a Woman: Pakistani men who spoke up against PM Khan’s victim blaming

They say, “Not all men”. Now they should say, “Not all robots”.

Pakistan Minister Imran khan associated the rise in cases of sexual violence with women’s dressing and this has become a topic of discussion not only on social media but every gathering is sipping tea and sharing their opinions on the victim-blaming from the very Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The outrage by Pakistani women is quite understandable since they are the ones being blamed for what should be the responsibility of the institutions of the state.

Prime Minister Khan told HBO that if women wear few clothes, it will have an impact on men, unless “they are robots”.

The comments have not gone down well with Pakistani men either, who have also expressed their anger on social media since they do not prefer to put themselves in the equation of robots.

Here is what they said:

Some called it damning indictment

Actor Osman Khalid Butt said that if the prime minister’s remarks were not “a damning indictment of our society I don’t know what is”, adding that “of course men aren’t robots. Yes, there is desire, temptation, attraction. Rape isn’t caused by this. Rape is about power. Dominance, a complete lack of empathy, hostility. It diminishes a woman – or a man, or a child – to a sexual object. It is dehumanizing.”

Some asked to stop humanizing rapists

Activist Jibran Nasir asked the prime minister to stop humanizing rapists, abusers, and harassers.

“You may not realise it but when you repeatedly stress upon the clothes of a woman as a cause for temptation leading to sexual violence you do exactly that,” he wrote on Twitter.

Some are proud to be a robot

Editor Talat Aslam wrote on Twitter that he was proud to be a robot in response to the prime minister.

Some know the difference between truth and lies

Activist Khurram Qureshi said on twitter that he was not a robot and he knew the difference between “Truth and Lies, Right and Wrong”

Some wants accountability

Journalist Zarrar Khuhro wrote on social media that “once you see the actual cases, the actual dynamics and atrocities (children, babies, corpses, heated rods being used as surrogate phalluses) you understand you were wrong.”

Palwasha Khattak
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