Prime Minister Imran Khan, as he took calls from the people on Sunday, was asked by a caller what the government plans to do in the light of rising incidents of abuse cases, especially against children.
In response, the prime minister said there are some fights that governments and legislation alone cannot win; the society must join in the fight.
He said it was important for societies to protect themselves against “fahashi” (vulgarity).
The prime minister said incidents of abuse and violence that make their way to the media are just 1% of the actual horrific crimes of such nature that take place.
He said when he went to the UK, during the ’70s to play cricket, the “drugs and rock n roll” culture was taking off. He said nowadays, divorce rates “have gone up by as much as 70% due to vulgarity in that society”.
The premier said the whole concept of pardah (or covering up, or modesty) in Islam
PM Imran Khan said there are many people in society who “cannot keep their willpower in check”. “Iska kuch tou effect aana thha na (It had to manifest itself in some way),” he added.
The premier spoke about how Bollywood followed the trends of Hollywood and now, the “same is happening there”.
The prime minister said one of the reasons he brought the show Ertugrul to Pakistani screens was because not only does it have entertainment value, it does not contain any content which can be considered controversial or immoral.
The prime minister’s comments drew a sharp reaction from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). “This is unacceptable behaviour on the part of a public leader,” said the body in a statement.
“Not only does this betray a baffling ignorance of where, why and how abuse occurs, but it also lays the blame on survivors, who, as the government must know, can range from young children to victims of honour crimes,” it said.