Musharraf in hot water over ‘rape’ statement


by Sunny
17th September, 2005 at 6:19 pm    

MusharrafProtests have erupted in Pakistan, Arab News and the BBC report, over General Musharraf’s comments earlier this week.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Musharraf got a bit pissed off when the subject of the raped woman Mukhtar Mai was raised.

Musharraf said that Mai was free to travel now — though she has never left Pakistan — and that he had no regrets about how he handled the incident. He said Mai had come under the sway of organizations determined to harm Pakistan’s image and he did not think Pakistan “should be singled out when the curse is everywhere in the world.” He noted he had seen reports or figures about rape in the United States, Canada, France and Britain showing that “it is happening everywhere.”

“You must understand the environment in Pakistan,” Musharraf added. “This has become a moneymaking concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped.”

Yeah. If you can’t blame for wearing revealing clothes, might as well blame them for wanting money.

Pakistan’s leading English-language daily, Dawn, was the first to criticise Musharraf with the headline – ‘Wrong thing to say’.

“If this attitude, of blaming rape and other crimes against women on women themselves and ridiculing NGOs (non-government organizations) that take up such issues, begins to travel upward from ignorant mullahs and male chauvinists to permeate the higher echelons of the administration, then God help us,” it said.

Well done!

Caught on the back foot, Musharraf today denied making the remarks. More stories on Google News.

American-Pakistanis and Indians are still not happy.

South-Asian women’s groups and international human rights organizations will demonstrate for human rights for women in Pakistan on Saturday, September 17, outside the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City where President Pervez Mustarraf will be staying during the United Nations World Summit.

US blog Sepia Mutiny has that story and more details.

The President doesn’t exactly have a great record of defending women’s rights either. Only two weeks ago he said the issue was giving Pakistan a bad name. No shit, Sherlock. Maybe if you could sort some of that feudal lawlessness that gives rise to all these stories, you wouldn’t have this problem.


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  1. jamal — on 17th September, 2005 at 7:26 pm  

    The guy’s an idiot. What a dumb comment to make.

    The disappointing thing is that apart from this, he actually made some good points in his interview with the Washington Post, but they are all overshadowed by the rape comments. What a fool.

  2. Al-Hack — on 18th September, 2005 at 12:10 am  

    Damn straight. He was ok on other topics, even made friendly noises towards India. Ask him about women – it all goes to pot. You would have thought Musharraf learnt more about diplomacy after all these years.

  3. Sakib Berjees — on 18th September, 2005 at 12:36 pm  

    I belive this is nonsense. Head of state should not use that kind of third class language. Obviously, Some NGO’s did took advantage of Mukhtaran mai’s case but it does not negate the government responsibility.

    Musharaff must think before he speaks! Besides the guy is mastert in turning non-issues into big issues.

  4. dave — on 19th September, 2005 at 7:03 am  

    Works to get into Canada. (So does claiming that your hubby beats you- or that being gay makes it dangerous back in Ookapollagonga). Or- just flush your phony passport down the crapper, and tell them you don’t know who you are, or where you come from.

  5. raven — on 2nd October, 2005 at 11:14 pm  

    Would you be interested in helping out on a little project about a certain insensitive jerk? :)

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