Recently, there has been an ongoing debate on social media pertaining to victim blaming in rape cases. Social media users seem to be divided into two groups: one which feels that the way women dress determines whether they end up getting raped or not, and the other which believes that linking rape to the clothes of a woman is based on flawed logic, and rape instead is about abuse of power and control.
Many men including some very prominent celebrities took to social media to weigh in on the recent trend pertaining to victim blaming.
Among these was Pakistani film, TV and theater actor, Osman Khalid Butt who took to his Twitter account to voice his opinions on the issue. “Yes, there is desire, temptation, attraction. Rape isn’t caused by this. Rape is about power. Dominance, a complete lack of empathy, hostility. It diminishes a woman – or a man, or a child – to a sexual object. It is dehumanizing”, emphasized the actor.
Children are sexually assaulted here. Corpses are defiled. Women in burqas, women in appropriate clothing are abused. These are statistics you can easily Google.
You know why you’d never rape a woman in a nude beach in Europe? Because you’d be shit scared of the law. https://t.co/p6g7tUqt8c
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 22, 2021
Civil rights activist, and lawyer Mohammad Jibran Nasir also weighed in on the recent trend.
Dear PM @ImranKhanPTI stop humanising the rapists, abusers and harassers and stop objectifying the victims. You may not realise it but when you repeatedly stress upon the clothes of a woman as a cause for temptation leading to sexual violence you do exactly that.
— M. Jibran Nasir 🇵🇸 (@MJibranNasir) June 21, 2021
Actor, director and cinematographer Usman Mukhtar gave his two-cents on the debate saying “It happens because the person who is committing this heinous inhumane act is a criminal and the scum of the earth”. He further added, “Please stop blaming the victim. It’s time for action. Time to punish such filth of the earth to a point where no one dares to commit such an act.”
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