Imran Khan blames Bollywood for the rise in sex crimes in Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has blamed Bollywood movies for the rise in sex crimes in Pakistan. He said Bollywood, that takes its content from Hollywood, is channeling into Pakistan and damaging the country's traditional cultural values. Imran Khan's comments triggered a backlash on social media from Indian and Pakistani users, both.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has blamed Bollywood movies for the rise in sex crimes in Pakistan. Khan said Bollywood’s content is promoting child pornography, pedophilia and sexual abuse among people in the country, as these things are originally not part of the culture of Pakistan.

He expressed these views in a meeting with YouTubers and content developers in Islamabad before heading to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum Summit.

People even argued that Khan does not have the right to accuse Bollywood of the spurt in sexual crimes and divorce rates in Pakistan because he is twice divorced and was once a drug addict

PM Khan said sex crimes are skyrocketing and Pakistan is top-ranked for accessing pornographic content on the internet. His government is making efforts to curb sex crimes against children in Pakistan and regulate content on the internet.

He said the Bollywood that takes its content from Hollywood is channeling into Pakistan that is damaging the country’s traditional cultural values.

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The premier added that while Pakistan is importing the most dangerous aspect of Bollywood’s culture, people do not realize its negative outcome because they do not understand western culture.

He said western culture is accelerating ‘family breakdown’ in Pakistan already reflected in the rising divorce rates. Imran Khan said this culture is producing similar results in the UK as well where the divorce rate has reached 70-80%.

Moreover, he believes children’s access to unregulated content on the internet is pulling them towards drug abuse and exposing them to objectionable sexual content that is unfolding into a severe social dilemma.

“Due to the availability of phones, such content is accessible to kids that were never there in the history of mankind,” Khan said.

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Imran Khan’s comments triggered a backlash on social media from India. Citizens from the other side of the border said that besides peddling fake propaganda against India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Kashmir issue, he is now targeting Bollywood with his baseless assertions.

Indian Twitter and some Pakistani Twitter users lambasted Imran Khan for defaming Bollywood, which is the second biggest entertainment industry after Hollywood.

People even argued that Khan does not have the right to accuse Bollywood of the spurt in sexual crimes and divorce rates in Pakistan because he is twice divorced and was once a drug addict.

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