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Rights Groups Say Pakistan PM Blames Women’s Dress For Rape

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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020 file photo, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Pakistani rights groups are criticizing Khan after he claimed in an online show on Sunday, April 4, 2021, that wearing the veil — the traditional Islamic head covering — will protect women from sexual assault and not lead men into temptation. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

(AP) — Pakistani rights groups are criticizing Prime Minister Imran Khan after he claimed in an online show that wearing the veil will protect women from sexual assault and not lead men into temptation.

Khan made the comments on Sunday in a live tele-chat dubbed “Prime Minister On Call With You” and streamed by state-owned Pakistan Television in which he answers questions from the public.

Khan was a cricket star with a reputation of a womanizer before he turned to politics and became a devoutly religious. His comments caused an uproar among rights groups, which say such misogynistic remarks shame women and excuse rapists.

 

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