Khan himself has been criticized for suggesting that an increase in sexual violence has been driven by the way women dress and behave.
“If a woman wears very little clothing, it will have an impact on men, unless they are robots,” Khan said in an interview in June. “If it raises the temptation in society to a point, and all these young people have nowhere to go, it has a consequence in society.”
Pakistan is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous in the world for women. A study by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2018 named it the sixth most dangerous nation for women, with neighboring India in first place.
In that report, Pakistan was found to be the “sixth most dangerous and fourth worst in terms of economic resources and discrimination, as well as the risks faced by women from cultural, religious and traditional practices, including so-called honor killings.” .
Only 0.3 percent of the 22,037 reported rape cases in Pakistan between 2015 and 2020 resulted in convictions, a total of just 77, according to figures from the Pakistan Human Rights Commission.
Eleven rapes were reported per day in 2020, although this number is believed to represent only a fraction of the number of women actually attacked.