Jemima blasts former spouse PM Imran Khan over rape comments, cites Quranic verse


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Picture showing British journalist and filmmaker Jemima Goldsmith and her ex-husband Imran Khan. Photo: Twitter/via
  • Jemima Goldsmith hits out at former spouse, Prime Minister Imran Khan, over his controversial comments linking rape with vulgarity.
  • “The onus is on men,” Jemima says, citing a verse from Surah An-Nur of the Holy Quran.
  • Laments how PM Imran Khan has changed, says, “The Imran I knew used to say, ‘Put a veil on the man’s eyes, not on the woman.'”

LONDON: Film producer Jemima Goldsmith on Wednesday blasted her former spouse, Prime Minister Imran Khan, over his controversial comments linking the crime of rape with vulgarity.

Citing a verse from the Holy Quran, Jemima said the onus of the horrific crime of sexual assault is “on men”.

“Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts,” she wrote on Twitter, citing the verse from Surah An-Nur.

PM Imran Khan’s former spouse lamented at how he has changed over time, saying she still hopes that it was “a misquote/ mistranslation”.

“The Imran I knew used to say, ‘Put a veil on the man’s eyes not on the woman’,” she added.

Earlier this week, the Pakistani premier had linked “fahashi,” or vulgarity, with the concerning rise in cases of sexual violence, including rape.

Read more: PM Imran Khan says New Delhi became world’s ‘rape capital’ due to obscenity in Bollywood

His comments came during a session wherein he was taking calls from the public when a citizen had asked what the PTI government planned to do in the light of rising incidents of sexual violence, especially against children.

PM Imran Khan had responded by shifting blame, saying there were some fights that governments and legislation alone could not win and that the society must join in the fight.

Also read: President Arif Alvi approves Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020 to speed up trials in Pakistan rape cases

He had also reiterated his prior stance about his visit to the UK, saying the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” culture was taking off there during the ’70s. Divorce rates “have gone up by as much as 70% due to vulgarity in that society”, he had claimed.

The whole concept of pardah, or covering up or modesty, in Islam, is to “keep temptation in check”, the premier had said. There are many such people in society who “cannot keep their willpower in check” and that “it had to manifest itself in some way”.

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PM Imran Khan’s comments this time around were not a surprise since in the past too, he has failed to address the root of the problem, calling for bans on apps like TikTok because he claimed they were harming society’s values.

Last year, he had said that India’s capital, New Delhi, had become the “rape capital of the world” due to the obscenity and indecent content shown in Bollywood films.

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