Jemima Goldsmith responds to PM Khan’s rape comments

Lahore, 8th April: Jemima Goldsmith responds after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent take on women’s clothing and the increase of rape cases in the country.

Prime Minister Imran Khan during his question-answer session on a TV channel on April 4 gave a statement that created quite a stir in the country.

The premier responded to a woman’s question asked on a live telephone call about the growing number of rape cases in the country, that nudity and bold clothing by women were linked to rape events.

PM Khan highlighted that in order to save the family system in our country, we should impose religious teachings including a veiled system for women so as not to promote vulgarity.

The prime minister said that this was not the case in Britain many years ago, but when women promoted nudity and started wearing short dresses, the incidence of ‘rape’ increased.

“Looking at these things, I talked to President Erdogan and brought Turkish drama here,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s statement was condemned by many political, social figures and organizations, and now his ex-wife also broke the silence on his statement.

Although Miss Goldsmith did not disagree with Imran Khan’s statement in her tweets on social media, she did not explicitly support him and expressed the view that the statement of the Prime Minister of Pakistan may have been misinterpreted.

Jemima Goldsmith shared a link to an article from the British newspaper Daily Mail in a tweet, regarding the controversial statement by PM Khan.

Activist and newly turned producer shared a translation of a Quranic verse in her tweet, where she quoted that men are commanded to lower their gaze and protect their private parts. She stated that it is the fault of men.

In another tweet, she suggested that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement may have been misinterpreted as Imran, that I knew, always said, “Put a veil on the man’s eyes, not on the woman.”

In a series of tweets, Jemima Goldsmith narrated an incident in Saudi Arabia and clarified that the issue is not women’s clothing.

She tweeted, “I remember years ago being in Saudi Arabia and an elderly woman in an abaya & niqab was lamenting the fact that when she went out she was followed & harassed by young men. The only way to get rid of them was to take her face covering OFF. The problem is not how women dress!”

It is to be noted that Jemima Goldsmith and Imran Khan were married in 1995 and they have two sons, Suleiman and Qasim, who reside with their mother in the UK.

The couple got divorced in 2004.

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