Jemima Goldsmith, the former wife of Prime Minister Imran Khan, has reacted to his recent statements regarding the rise in cases of rape against women.
In a recent live Question/Answer session, last Sunday a caller asked PM Khan about the alarming spike in the cases of sexual abuse against women in society. Commenting on the issue, PM Imran Khan attributed rising rape cases to the culture of vulgarity and nudity increasingly promoted along with easy access to pornographic content as among the few reasons behind the rising cases of sexual assault against women and children.
A stance he has repeated time and again and even slammed western and Bollywood movies for fueling sexual frustration among youth. A score of social media users, however, blasted him for victim-blaming and exuding a regressive mindset.
Meanwhile, his advocates debunked the controversy on social media and added that his words have been twisted out of context by his detractors. They quoted various scientific studies that correlated cases of sexual abuse to vulgarity and exposure of youth to pornographic content.
The statement, however, became viral leading to international media quoting the statement of PM Imran Khan. On Wednesday night, Jemima Goldsmith also commented on the controversy as she shared an article on the statement by Daily Mail.
She quoted a verse from the Quran which read: “Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts.” Quran 24:31.” She further added that “The onus is on men,” in a statement.
In another tweet, she added that “And yes, yes 24.30. You get the point.”
And yes, yes 24.30. You get the point.— Jemima Goldsmith (@Jemima_Khan) April 7, 2021
She, however, expressed confidence in PM Imran Khan for not blaming victims for being sexually abused in another tweet.
“I’m hoping this is a misquote/ mistranslation. The Imran I knew used to say, “Put a veil on the man’s eyes, not on the woman,” said Jemima Goldsmith.
Her tweets have left social media users confused as they continue to argue if she had schooled PM Imran Khan or voiced her solidarity with him amid the online backlash.