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.
Pakistanâ€™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.
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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