A prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Tariq Jamil has made an inflammatory remark against women in the presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan on live television, claiming that the coronavirus pandemic has been unleashed on humanity because of the ‘wrongdoing of women.’ He claimed that the coronavirus pandemic is the wrath of God upon seeing increasing obscenity and nudity.
According to ANI news agency, Maulana Tariq Jamil made this bizarre remark during Ehsaas Telethon fundraising event on Thursday.
Surprisingly, even Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan did not stop Maulana from making such bizarre comments on live television program.
Jameel had also condemned the media for disseminating lies but later apologised for those remarks, saying it was a slip of tongue. But he did not apologize for the statement he made for women.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has intimated the Maulana Jamil for inexplicably correlating women’s ‘modesty’ to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Such blatant objectification is unacceptable and, when aired on public television, only compounds the misogyny entrenched in society,” HRCP tweeted.
Pakistan’s newspaper Dawn wrote in its editorial that it is a “shame” that the Maulana Jamil was not corrected when he made these offensive comments.
Federal Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari said this kind of statement simply shows either ignorance about pandemics or a misogynist mindset which is absolutely unacceptable.
Nida Aly, director of the Asma Jahangir Legal Aid cell also condemned the statements of Maulana Tariq Jamil.
As reported, 13,323 people have been infected with coronavirus and the deadly virus has killed 281 people in Pakistan.